Reis Co-Sponsors Resolution Defending State's Ban on Gay Marriage

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Published on July 24 2012 7:27 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

With lawsuits filed in Cook County Circuit Court challenging the prohibition of same-sex marriage by state law, State Representative David Reis is co-sponsoring a resolution that upholds the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

House Joint Resolution 95 shows support for Illinois laws reserving the institution of marriage to one man and one woman.  The resolution declares the General Assembly's opposition to any efforts to extend the institution of marriage to two individuals of the same sex, whether by statute or by court decision.

The resolution further urges the members of the General Assembly to adopt a constitutional amendment introduced by Reis stating "only a marriage between a man and a woman shall be valid or recognized in Illinois."

Earlier this year, Attorney General Lisa Madigan stated her office would not defend the state's marriage definition by law.  Reis sent Madigan a letter stating strong opposition to her decision.  To date, no response has been received from the Attorney General's office.