Eleven members of the Illinois General Assembly have asked a judge to dismiss a case challenging the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban.

More than two dozen gay and lesbian couples who wish to marry in Illinois but are unable because state law defines marriage as a heterosexual union filed the lawsuit challenging the law in May. Nine couples are represented by the ACLU of Illinois, while Lambda Legal is representing sixteen couples.

The Thomas More Society intervened in the case after elected officials refused to defend the law in court.

The bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Senators Kirk Dillard (R-Westmont) and Bill Haine (D-Alton), last week filed a friend of the court brief in support of the state's law. In their brief, the legislators argue that only the General Assembly is “empowered to make public policy” and that the “marriage structure that helps children the most is a family headed by two biological parents.”

“We welcome the bipartisan support for Illinois' marriage law offered by this respected group of legislators,” said Peter Breen, executive director of the Thomas More Society. “They rightly point out that under our constitutional system, the issue of how the government treats domestic relationships is reserved to the General Assembly.”

(Source: Opposing Views.)