Illinois Churches Argue for Intervention in Gay Marriage Lawsuits
Two Illinois churches made their case for intervention in lawsuits that seek to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage Nov. 7.
Representing both Grace-Gospel Fellowship of Bensenville and Church of Christian Liberty in Arlington Heights, attorney Jason Craddock said that both churches have a greater interest in the lawsuits than the general public and should therefore be allowed to defend the ban.
Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb and Effingham County Clerk Kerry Hirtzel are already challenging the lawsuits, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal. The two intervened after Cook County Clerk David Orr, named in the original lawsuits, refused to defend the ban.
Lambda Legal and ACLU attorneys have argued against allowing other interveners in the case. The Illinois Family Institute has also requested intervention.
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