Instead of defending and enforcing Illinois' marriage laws, Cook County state's attorney Anita Alvarez has joined Attorney General Lisa Madigan (photos right) in violating their oaths of office by joining a suit brought against the state by the ACLU attempting to make Illinois's DOMA law unconstitutional. If successful, Alvarez and Madigan will be able to overturn marriage between a man and a woman without having to prove a single legal point before a court of law. This is an outrageous "end run" around the will of the people and must be stopped.
Illinois Review is joining people of good will across the state in calling for County Clerks and State's Attorneys in the other 101 counties to stand against this attempt by Cook County and the Attorney General to ignore a valid law and force their ideological worldview upon the rest of the state. County Clerks and State's Attorneys interested in standing against this abuse of power may email us at email@example.com.
Because Madigan and Alvarez have refused to uphold state law, the non-profit Thomas More Society has agreed to act to defend that law. Thomas More Society attorneys are recognized as some of the most expert legal defenders of marriage in the country, and since this case is in their backyard, they are perfectly positioned to win this one. We at IR are big fans of the attorneys at the Thomas More Society, too.
IR wants to do its part to help the fight by calling forth County Clerks and State's Attorneys willing to stand up and defend Illinois' law that marriage is between one man and one woman. We ask IR readers across the state to ask their local County Clerks and State's Attorneys to join in.
While this isn't -- or at least shouldn't be -- a Republican or Democrat issue, the Illinois GOP platform, just adopted at the state convention, includes a strong support of the Defense of Marriage Act:
The Republican Party endorses a constitutional amendment protecting our Defense of Marriage Act and enshrining in constitutional law marriage as it is defined in our “DOMA.” Section V, part C.
and, of course,
... anyone elected as a Republican should strive to self-direct their activities and policy positions to uphold these principles as the unifying basis for the Illinois Republican Party .... Section XIX, part E.
So, we hope in particular that Republican Clerks and State's Attorneys will be excited at the chance to defend the will of the people against this attack on the rule of law. If you are a aware of a county clerk that is willing to defend Illinois law from the attacks of elected officials such as Madigan and Alvarez, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.