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Illinois Gay Marriage: Republican State Lawmakers Introduce 'Defense Of Marriage' Resolution

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In this file photo taken March 11, 2002, Alexa Santos waves a gay pride flag in Chicago's federal plaza during a rally in support of equal marriage rights for gays. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
In this file photo taken March 11, 2002, Alexa Santos waves a gay pride flag in Chicago's federal plaza during a rally in support of equal marriage rights for gays. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy the Windy City Times:

A group of Illinois lawmakers has introduced a resolution aimed at re-affirming the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Palatine-based Rep. Tom Morrison filed the House Joint Resolution 95, also named "Defense of Marriage" July 19. Reps. David Reis, Paul Evans and Dwight Kay are sponsoring the measure.

The resolution states, 'That we oppose any efforts to extend the institution of marriage to 2 individuals of the same sex, whether by statute or by court decision…"

The measure comes in the wake of two lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal that aim to win marriage equality in the state. A group of pro-gay state Reps. backed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage earlier this year, but the bill languished in committee.

Read the whole story here.

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