Carol Marin wrote an opinion piece in The Chicago Sun-Times about the freedom to marry for Illinois couples. The piece profiles Patrick Bova and Jim Darby, who are plaintiffs in the consolidated marriage lawsuits filed by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois. The article tells the story of the couple's efforts to advocate for the passage of SB 10, which failed to pass in the House this spring. In the meantime, the lawsuit is awaiting its next hearing before the Cook County Circuit Court.
They, along with other gay and lesbian families, trekked to the General Assembly to lobby for passage of a same-sex marriage bill. Though they have the tweedy look of academics, they are longtime warriors in this battle.
Another skirmish, just announced Friday, is set for Oct. 22 when a coalition of equal marriage advocates will “March on Springfield” as the fall veto session gets under way. It will be another attempt to reclaim the hope everyone felt this May when legislation that had already passed the Senate was ready to be called in the House.