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9/22/2006 10:46:39 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Illinois--Judge Dismisses Protect Marriage Illinois' Lawsuit

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September 22, 2006

Illinois--Judge Dismisses Protect Marriage Illinois' Lawsuit

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The marriage petition, started by Protect Marriage in Illinois (PMI),
was submitted in May with almost 350,000 signatures! Thank you for
your participation in signing the petition.

Unfortunately, the state's pro-homosexual left, led by the ACLU, did
all they could to stop the referendum from appearing on the November
ballot. In addition to the pressure the ACLU has been placing on the
government to keep the referendum from appearing on the ballot, the
State Board of Election made an administrative decision to disqualify
the referendum for the ballot due to slight discrepancies between the
signatures on the petition, and how they compared to those registered
to vote in the state.

Director David Smith of the Illinois Family Institute did not give up
so easily. He had a brief filed with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
challenging the constitutionality of the state's referendum law. The
brief was dismissed, and Smith, partnering with the Alliance Defense
Fund (ADF), filed an appeal.

Judge Elaine Bucklo recently handed down her decision, which affirmed
the lower court decision dismissing the complaint. Basically, she set
a very low standard for the state in upholding citizens' rights to
petition their government.

Although it looks as though the referendum will not appear on the
November ballot, we are not giving up hope. According to David Smith,
"Preserving marriage as between one man and one woman in the Illinois
State is extremely important to the families of this state. The
Protect Marriage Illinois project will continue to work toward the
goal of a constitutional amendment."

PMI and ADF are evaluating their legal options and will be announcing
their course of action within the next few days.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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