Illinois Judge To Make Decision Next Month on Whether to Dismiss ACLU Lawsuit



Judge-GavelA Cook County judge announced today that she will make her decision next month in a case challenging Illinois’ definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

The ACLU and Lambda Legal are suing on behalf of 25 same-sex couples claiming the 1996 law violates the state Constitution. Circuit Judge Sophia Hall will decide on Sept. 27 whether to dismiss the case.

Peter Breen, with the Thomas More Society (TMS), told CitizenLink what stood out the most during today’s hearing were the arguments about parenting.

“The other side is arguing that a child’s biological parents can be replaced by any two people —with the same outcome for the child,” said Breen, executive director and legal counsel for TMS, a public interest law firm in Chicago. “We say that a child needs both a mom and a dad.”

Read more of Thomas More Society special counsel Paul Linton's argument against the lawsuit here.

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