Illinois St. Rep. David Reis Objects to Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Support of Lawsuits Promoting ‘Gay Marriage’
Folks, it is pretty pathetic but I believe Rep. David Reis is the only Illinois Republican lawmaker to put out a press release (below) in opposition to Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s (D) unprecedented decision NOT to defend the state’s law defining marriage as one-man, one-woman, but rather to support two pro-homosexual lawsuits to overturn it. Hopefully the dysfunctional IL-GOP and the state’s conservatives and Christians will wake up before it is too late and Illinois has homosexual “marriage” imposed on it by judicial fiat, like its neighbor to the West. – Peter LaBarbera, AFTAH
Press Release, Office of St. Rep. David Reis
June 08, 2012
Olney, IL.–State Representative David Reis (R-Ste. Marie) is calling upon Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to recuse herself and the resources of her taxpayer-funded state office from supporting two lawsuits questioning the constitutionality of Illinois’ gay marriage ban.
“As Attorney General, it is her office’s duty to support the Illinois Constitution. Statutorily, it has been long established in Illinois that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Reis said. “Madigan’s use of scarce taxpayer resources is an injustice to the oath of office she swore to uphold.”
Attorney General Lisa Madigan stated her office would not defend the state’s marriage definition by law, saying her office will “present the court with arguments that explain why the challenged statutory provisions do not satisfy the guarantee of equality under the Illinois Constitution.”
“The current statutory definition banning gay marriage in Illinois does not violate Illinoisans constitutional rights. In fact, it is just the opposite,” Reis said. “Allowing gay marriage in Illinois would violate our citizens’ religious freedoms by forcing religions to recognize marriages not in accordance with their beliefs.”
The gay rights group Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed two lawsuits against Cook County Clerk David Orr claiming his refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates the couples’ rights under the Illinois Constitution.
“Rather than questioning the constitutionality of a longstanding law in Illinois, the Attorney General’s office should be focused on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) implemented by the Obama administration,” Reis stated. “Instead of standing with the twenty-six states across America who are challenging the constitutionality of Obama Care, Madigan has chosen to use taxpayer dollars to legalize same-sex marriage.”
In defense of Illinois’ Constitution, Rep. Reis sent a letter to the Attorney General stating his strong opposition to her recent announcement and urging her to reallocate efforts to challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare.
“Right now legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois could not pass the General Assembly”, concluded Reis. “As a result, our Attorney General has mistakenly resorted to assisting activist judges and our liberal court system to circumvent the legislative process and make same-sex marriage legal in Illinois.”
A copy of Rep. Reis’ letter standing up for Illinois’ constitution and its ban on same-sex marriage is available upon request at www.davidreis.org. For additional information, please feel free to contact Rep. Reis at his Olney office at (618) 392-0108, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by at 219 East Main Street in Olney.
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