WASHINGTON D.C.-- The U. S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments today (Tuesday) on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Today’s case was Hollingsworth vs. Perry, which dealt with Proposition 8.
“Proposition 8 was a voter referendum on which the voters voted to pass an amendment to the California constitution, which defined marriage as limited to a man and woman,” Colleen Connell, executive director of American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, said. “Proposition 8 resulted in a voter overturning of a California Supreme Court decision some months earlier, that had ruled that the California law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman violated the California Constitution.”
On Wednesday, the court will hear arguments on whether a ban on same-sex marriage being recognized federally is constitutional. Connell says Illinois still must act on its own same-sex marriage bill.
“If (Illinois) has not moved to amend its marriage law to allow same-sex couples to marry, that means same-sex couples who are either civil unions or domestic partnerships will not be entitled to the many benefits,” Connell said.
S.B. 10, the same-sex bill in Illinois, passed the Senate and is in the House awaiting a vote.