Three Bloomington-Normal couples are among the 25 from around the state filing lawsuits in an effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. Ryan Cannon Scott (pictured, top right) and her partner Daphne Scott Henderson as well as Peggy Burton and Donna O'Crowly, and partners Suzanna Hutton and Danielle Cook are part of the suits filed by the ACLU of IL and Lamda Legal. Cannon Scott says the suits seek to bring simplicity to a complex situation.
Ryan Cannon Scott says the lack of marriage made it very difficult for her partner to adopt her son.
Meanwhile, a group which opposes same-sex marriage says the argument has been made before with little success. Peter Breen, executive director of the Thomas More Society, says bringing a lawsuit skirts what the people want. Iowa's same-sex marriage law came into effect when the state Supreme Court ruled in a similar lawsuit. Legislation allowing gay marriage is pending but won't likely come up for a vote this year as lawmakers deal with Illinois' dire finances.
(Photo courtesy of Lamda Legal of Illinois)
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