is reporting that a fight underway in Illinois to accomplish what has been done in almost half the states in the union so far:  create an amendment to the states constitution defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman.  The citizens pushing for the amendment have encountered strong resistance and are keeping up the fight.

The full article is below.

August 14, 2006

Illinois Marriage Amendment Setbacks Continue

Activists working to protect traditional marriage in Illinois say they are undeterred in their efforts to get a state marriage amendment on the ballot this fall. That, despite the fact that the Illinois State Board of Elections has sided with a state hearing officer’s assessment that the advisory referendum doesn’t have enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

Peter LaBarbera, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute, said the marriage coalition will continue its efforts to qualify the measure — which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

“It’s not near over,” LaBarbera said.

The fight to get the proposed amendment, which also lost its first round at the district level in federal court, is on its way to a federal appeals court, with proponents arguing that the process to get a referendum on the Illinois ballot is burdensome and unconstitutional.

Supporters of the referendum had submitted more than 330,000 signatures, but when the lections board checked a sample, it fell short of the state’s requirement. The state requires more than 95 percent of a sample’s signatures be valid – the referendum had only 91 percent.

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