Will Gays Wed Here? California Ruling Will Affect Illinois

By Beery, David | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), May 17, 2008 | Go to article overview

Will Gays Wed Here? California Ruling Will Affect Illinois


Beery, David, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: David Beery Daily Herald Political Editor

dbeery@@dailyherald.com

Either way you look at it, California's Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage will have an impact in Illinois.

Advocates say it will spur efforts to legalize the same here in Illinois; opponents say they will try again to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriages.

"Look back to 2004 and you'll see how Massachusetts' (legalization of gay marriage) was the catalyst for 11 more states to amend their constitutions," David Smith, of the Glen Ellyn-based Illinois Family Institute, said Friday. "It created a significant backlash, and this will, too."

But Camilla Taylor, senior staff attorney for Lambda Legal in Chicago, said the California ruling demonstrates "the inevitability that we will achieve full recognition of the right to marry for all Americans."

California's high court ruled Thursday that the state has no legal grounds on which to bar same-sex marriage. The majority opinion in the 4-3 ruling stated civil unions or domestic partnerships - anything short of marriage - are not full civil rights. Gay marriage opponents in California are organizing quickly for a state constitutional ban.

Currently, Massachusetts is the only state that recognizes gay marriage. Some U.S. couples go to Canada for same-sex weddings, in part because Massachusetts law discourages out-of-state residents. Beyond that, said Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network in Chicago, "Canada passed this without the ridiculous drama you see here. I have found Canada to be much more accepting of gays and lesbians."

In Illinois, a law pushed in the mid-1990s by former state Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, an Inverness Republican at the time, defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

In 2005, when the General Assembly passed and Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a law banning sexual-orientation discrimination in such matters as employment and housing, opponents said it would become a stepping stone toward same-sex marriages. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Will Gays Wed Here? California Ruling Will Affect Illinois
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.