A group that
wants the Illinois legislature to place a ban on same-sex
marriage in the state constitution has submitted more than
345,000 signatures to put such a measure on the
ballot in an advisory referendum this fall.
If the petition signatures are certified, voters could
be asked whether the state constitution should be amended to
limit marriage to the union of a man and a woman. But
the results of the referendum would not change the
A 1996 Illinois
law already bans same-sex marriage, but opponents of such
marriages fear the law could be struck down in court.
If the petitions for the measure are challenged, more
than 283,000 signatures would have to survive the
challenge in order to hold a referendum. (The