Same-sex marriages are expected to become legal in Illinois later this month, but one same-sex couple currently can’t get married where they want to in the state, at least for now.
Christine Irvine, who identifies herself as a Loyola University Chicago transfer student, is hoping to convince officials at the private Jesuit institution to allow her to marry her same-sex fiancee on campus, according to the Huffington Post. She was reportedly told that the university doesn’t allow same-sex marriages on campus.
Irvine has setup an online petition to gain support for her cause and she detailed her excitement of planning the wedding and the disappointment over learning about the policy.
“We were thrilled by the prospect of holding our ceremony at Loyola,” she wrote in the petition on Change.org. “When I called to set up an appointment, I was told that Loyola doesn’t allow same sex ceremonies on campus and I was heartbroken. Because of our sexual orientation, because we are gay, we are banned from celebrating one of the most meaningful days of our lives on Loyola’s campus.”
In a recent story about religious protections on gay marriage, the Chicago Tribune brought up the university as an example.
The story mentions the two popular wedding venues owned by Loyola University Chicago: Madonna Della Strada Chapel on the Loyola campus in Rogers Park and Cuneo Mansion and Gardens in Vernon Hills.
The law allows Loyola to deny same-sex couples from marrying at Madonna Della Strada because it is a place of worship. However the mansion, an event venue that the university rents to the public, might not qualify for the same religious protections.
“Loyola claims to embrace social justice and attempts to be a ‘home for all our students — embracing all races, sexes, gender identities, religions, ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, and abilities,’” Irvine states in her petition, which had more than 2,700 supporters as of early Thursday morning.
“We call on Loyola University Chicago to live up to these values and create a home for all, regardless of sexual orientation, by ending the discriminatory policy banning same sex ceremonies on campus,” she added.