WBEZ covered yesterday's hearing on the motion to dismiss in the marriage case. The ACLU of Illinois and Lambda Legal filed jointly on behalf of 25 same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry in Illinois. WBEZ spoke with Lambda plaintiff James Darby:
James Darby, 81, also believes it’s an affirming distinction, which is why he wants the suit to move forward. The Korean War veteran has been with his partner Patrick Bova for 50 years. Darby says says he’s willing to wait another month because the right to marry is worth suing for.
“I would like to be buried at the Abraham Lincoln Cemetery in Joliet. And I would like him to be buried with me,” said Darby, the lead plaintiff in the case represented by Lambda Legal. “Because spouses can be buried with the veteran. But that’s not happening.”