As a comedian once said... It's not a choice to be gay... It's just that they are too ugly to date the opposite sex...Photo: Tanya Lazado, a Chicago Police detective, and Liz Matos are raising a family and would like same-sex marriages to become a legal reality in Illinois. They are photographed with their children, Jaiden Lazoro-Matos, 4 1/2, and newborn Sophia Lazaro-Matos in their northwest side home
Is this couple in their Norwood Park brick bungalow, putting their 2½-year-old down for a nap and burping their newborn, inferior to other couples because they are both women?
Under current Illinois law, yes.
They cannot get married. They can apply only for a civil union.
But twin lawsuits that they planned to file in Cook County Circuit Court Wednesday by the ACLU and Lambda Legal aim to change all that.
Illinois’ constitution, more than other states’ constitutions, spells out rights that advocates for same-sex couples see as guaranteeing a right for people of any gender to marry, despite laws the Legislature passed in 1996 prohibiting same-sex marriage.
Chicago Police Det. Tanya Lazaro, 36, and her partner Liz Matos, 40, a software analyst, are one of 25 couples who will sue the state, hoping to have a state court declare same-sex marriages legal.
“I always wanted to be the one to be the mom and carry the babies and I unfortunately couldn’t do it, so Tanya gave me the two kids that I always wanted,” Matos said, burping 11-day-old Sophia, who Lazaro bore, fathered by an anonymous donor.
They had just put their older girl, Jaiden, 2, down for a nap.
“And I didn’t want to do it,” Lazaro said of the pregnancies.
“She was banking on me doing it,” Matos said, laughing.
Their families are comfortable with their relationship. And so are their neighbors in Norwood Park where Lazaro grew up and Lazaro’s colleagues on the force. Even Matos’ grandmother in Puerto Rico, who she brought Lazaro to meet, welcomes their relationship — just not state law.
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