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Tazewell County challenges suit over gay marriage ban

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 17:44:22 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

The Thomas More Society is seeking to intervene in two lawsuits against the gay marriage ban in Illinois. The conservative public interest law center is representing the Tazewell and Effingham County Clerks. Peter Breen, the head of the Society says Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is not doing her job of defending state statute.

Attorney General Madigan has previously said she believes the law is unconstitutional. Tazewell County Clerk Kristy Webb says all she wants is clarity statewide.

The Thomas More Society says County Clerks have a stake in the law because they administer marriage records. One of the same sex couples involved in the ACLU lawsuit is from Bloomington-Normal. But, McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael says her office will not become a party to the suit. She defers to the State's Attorney's office on the decision. McLean County State's Attorney Ron Dozier says he believes someone ought to defend the state law. Since Tazewell County is taking the issue on, Dozier says he sees no need for McLean County to join the case.

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