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12/4/2012 1:52:00 PM
Lycan joins other officials in gay marriage lawsuit
Crawford County Clerk Patricia Lycan has joined the ranks of county officials supporting Cook County in a lawsuit over gay marriage.

On Friday, the Thomas More Society's motion to add three additional county clerks as interveners was granted in order to defend the lawsuit brought by the ACLU and Lambda Legal in an attempt to declare the Illinois law that limits marriage to one man and one woman void and as a violation of the 1970 Illinois Constitution.

The three clerks that will now also intervene include Lycan and the clerks of Putnam and Clay counties, Daniel Kuhn and Brenda Britton.

These three elected county officials joined the Tazewell and Effingham County clerks who were allowed to intervene to defend Illinois' Defense of Marriage Act after Cook County Clerk David Orr, who was named as a defender, said he agreed with the plaintiffs' claims and would not defend the lawsuit. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan also declined to defend the suit, as did Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.

"It's just a show of support," Lycan said, explaining Cook County asked officials in other counties for support in the case. She added she will abide with whatever ruling comes out of the lawsuit.

"This lawsuit, while ostensibly targeted only at Cook County, will have an obvious impact on the status of marriage all over the State of Illinois. It is vital that officials from other Illinois counties also have the right to be heard and be permitted to intervene in the lawsuit," said TMS president and chief counsel Tom Brejcha.

"These new clients want to be sure that the true meaning of marriage, as defined by Illinois' General Assembly and that commanded vigorous support from people all over the State of Illinois, has the benefit of a full and robust defense," Brejcha added.

The hearing for the intervention of the three new county clerks took place Friday in Chicago.

Founded in 1997, the Chicago-based Thomas More Society is a national public interest law firm that seeks to restore respect in law for life, marriage and religious liberty. The society is a nonprofit organization wholly supported by private donations.



Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2012
Article comment by: Christina France

When will others begin to realize that they have no right to decide who should get married. I must say I am disappointed that Ms. Lycan would do this. Seems like so many don't want others to be happy. More people need to focus on their own lives and stay out of others. Remember ignorance breeds hate.What if some of these people were to see it from the gay communities side. Regardless of how you see it it is not fair on any level, everyone has the right to love and be loved.

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Article comment by: R. Patrick

Well isn't that just great. It sure is nice to know our county clerk supports marriage inequality. The bad news for her support for same sex marriage is up and continues to grown in not only Illinois but across the nation. It's no surprise of Ms. Lycan's position as it is one of the Republican's favorite thing to be wrong on (among others).

Myself... I'm a straight male, happily married with children, and I fully support gay marriage and equal rights. Ms. Lycan, like many others in her political party, will be on the wrong side of this one.




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