Same-sex marriage bill seeks a Valentine's Day vote

The State protects marriage because it is essential to family and to the common good of society. But neither church nor State invented marriage, and neither can change its nature.

The Illinois Senate may take the first step down the aisle towards legalizing same-sex marriage on Valentine's Day according to Senate President John Cullerton at a meeting with the Sun-Times editorial board on Thursday, January 30.  http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2013/02/same-sex-marriage-bill-to-be-voted-on-valentines-day-in-illinois-senate.html

The debate over same-sex "marriage" has unfolded across America for the past several years. It's now heating up here in Illinois. In the minds of many who ascribe to Judeo-Christian values, marriage is an institution created by God. Government cannot redefine it. Marriage exists not only for the benefit of couples but also for the care of the next generation. As such the issue of same-sex marriage must be given urgent attention here in Illinois, in spite of Illinois's recent credit downgrade and its horrendous pension problem which seems insurmountable given that Democrats control policy here in Illinois.

It was just a little over a year ago when the Illinois created civil unions for those in same-sex relationships by passing the "Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act", forcing Catholic Charities out of foster care and adoption services in Illinois.

Strong forces including the Governor, Senate President, Speaker of the House and Mayor of Chicago are at work to move a same-sex "marriage" bill through the Illinois General Assembly.  President Obama has also gotten involved by asking legislators to pass a same-sex marriage bill.   http://chicagophoenix.com/2012/12/29/report-president-obama-asks-il...

The counterfeit "marriage" bill currently being proposed in the Illinois General Assembly (HB 110 and SB 110) would change the legal definition of marriage to accommodate those of the same sex who wish to "marry" one another and would likewise affect our children and our religious freedom.

The bill is disingenuously titled the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act."  Its chief sponsors, State Representative Gregg Harris (D-Chicago) and Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) vowed and did reintroduce the bill almost immediately upon the start of the new General Assembly and are on a fast track to introduce the bill in tandem. Time ran out for Harris and Steans to bring the bill up for a full vote during the 97th General Assembly's lame duck legislative session.  

Senator Steans hopes Illinois will become the tenth state to approve the recognition of gay and lesbian marriages.  Nine state and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriages.  Washington, Maine and Maryland approved same-sex marriage ballot measures in the November elections.  http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/01/lawmakers-to-reintroduce-Illinoi...  

Herein lies three very obvious reasons why same-sex marriage must be defeated:

1.  Same-sex couples already enjoy all the same rights and benefits as married couples in Illinois under the civil unions law of 2011.

2.  Children need both a mom and a dad.  Marriage exists for the benefit of children.  Social science research and thousands of years of history show that children do best when raised by their married mom and dad.

3.  There will be significant consequences if marriage is redefined in Illinois.  In other states that have redefined marriage, there have been profound consequences for those who express or act on their belief that marriage is the union between one man and one woman.  

The following comes from a January 6th story written by Cardinal George in the Chicago archdiocese paper, "Catholic New World":  http://cal-catholic.com/wordpress/2013/01/21/cardinal-george-illino...  

"The nature of marriage is not a religious question.  Marriage comes to us from nature." . . . "The State protects marriage because it is essential to family and to the common good of society.  But neither church nor State invented marriage, and neither can change its nature.  Nature and Nature's God, to use the expression in the Declaration of Independence of our country, gives the human species two mutually complementary sexes, able to transmit life through what the law has hitherto recognized as a marital union."  

As with many bills, often what is hidden within the language of the bill does not become evident to the public (and legislators) until after the law is passed, i.e., Obamacare.  Language in the proposed marriage bill would require that all churches make their property available for same-sex "marriages" even if it is in violation of a church's religious beliefs.  Language states that if a church allows facility rentals or receives "a public benefit" it must make its facility available for a same-sex "marriage" or the celebration thereof or be open to a lawsuit.  Understood is that every church has a tax exempt status and/or is allowed a "property tax exemption" under Illinois law, which is a "public benefit."  http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=110&GAID=...

The Illinois Family Institute (IFI), executive director David E. Smith, is sponsoring a Defend Marriage Lobby Day on Wednesday, February 20th from 10:30 AM - 1:30 AM. when Illinois families from around the state will take a stand "for protecting marriage, religious freedom, parental rights, and the innocence of our children!"  Suggested by David Smith is that churches organize to support this lobbying day to defend marriage.  Check this website for more information about the IFI-sponsored Defend Marriage Lobby Day.  A downloadable flyer is also available for distribution. http://illinoisfamily.org/politics/defend-marriage-lobby-day-feb-20th/

If you are unable to join the IFI in its Defend Marriage Lobby Day where legislators can be addressed in person, it is important to call your Illinois senate and house representatives to vote 'NO' to HB 110 and SB 110. 

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Walter White February 01, 2013 at 08:24 PM
So much hate. Such a small mind.
Steve S. February 02, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Nancy is truly an asshole, how is it that you give her this voice each week, it's embarrassing. Once again, Nancy, you are old, outdated, out of touch, offensive, irrelevant in today's world, and no one is paying attention to you. Why do you feel so threatened by the world? What are you afraid of? Why do you feel the need to control the lives and opinions of everyone? I know, you can't answer these questions because you don't have the intellectual capacity to do so. When you defend yourself you sound like a bigger jerk, that's why we don't hear from you.
Steve S. February 02, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Walter, describing her with a small mind is too generous, she has no mind. She is a cut and paste writer out of the weekly KKK newsletter.
Steve S. February 02, 2013 at 04:58 PM
BREAKING NEWS: Nancy Thorner is a closet homosexual. She has written this blog to try to break from these feelings. Nancy now that you are officially outed, feel free to date all the woman you want, learn about people other than yourself. Learn about peoples feelings. Join us in this century. Put down your sexual aid devices for a minute (I think that is not allowed either by the priest) I think they have jiggled your brain into not functioning correctly
Elvira Fernandez February 02, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Nancy, You now have the right to sue both Steve and The Patch for defamation. It is shameful that this publication would publish such filth,
Steve S. February 03, 2013 at 12:02 AM
If she sued us, then she would have no where to spew her hateful vomit. Nancy, can you name one gay family that you know personally, that allows you to pass judgement on their ability to parent because they are gay? When you do that you can have an opinion. As a whole, I would say the gay community are better parents than nancy could ever be, if she is one. Or maybe this is why nancy is angry , maybe her kid turned out to be a gay, gun hating, pot smoker?
Bryce Robertson February 03, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Actually, The Patch could go after Nancy for fraud, if they really wanted to... there isn't a real "editing" process for blogs, since it is supposed to be a community forum. Twice, in her "blogs", she has copied and pasted information directly from other sources and claiming that it is her writing. For example, a few weeks back she posted a piece on gun control - nearly the entire thing was cut and pasted out of an NRA newsletter. And yes, I agree that it is shameful that the Patch allows such filth to continue to be published - they should not be a party in spreading Nancy's hatred and lies. See her postings about illegal immigration, gay rights, and marijuana farms for more details.
Walter White February 03, 2013 at 12:28 AM
I actually hope she keeps it up. Pandering to this kind of radical right wing trash helped the GOP lose the last 2 elections. So, by all means, fire up the base! And stay out of the White House for many years to come.
Carl Lambrecht February 03, 2013 at 12:40 AM
The Highland Park library has a book called "The Hidden Hitler" on this subject. Another book which the library has gotten for me called "The Pink Swatika". Parents & Friends of ExGays and Gays- www.pfox.org is a good group.
sibuna February 03, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Nancy's the type of weak writer who spews other people's words that she tries to pass off as her own original thought, and then runs without so much as looking back. If you're going to blog lady, then be interactive and defend yourself here instead of posting and running. Coward.
Carl Lambrecht February 03, 2013 at 08:26 AM
I am certain the NRA supports Nancy's writing. My best friend in Warsaw Poland is Homosexual. The last time we spoke by telephone he was very sick. I hope he is not dead from HIV/AIDs. We have an epidemic in USA from HIV/AIDs. Yet for the small male Homosexual population about 2 percent. Homosexuals are more likely to receive this disease. Homosexuals are wealthy, intelligent. Homosexuals have higher income than the general population. Yet as segment of our population these poor homosexuals are dying. Homosexuals need our prayers and help. Please focus on stopping the spreading of Death by HIV/AIDs. Than commenting on Nancy's honest writing.
Walter White February 03, 2013 at 07:12 PM
As with most of your posts, this one is irrelevant to the discussion.
Margaret McCarthy February 03, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Steve seens to be geting the wrong signals from his tinfoil hat. I am surprised that the Patch has not removed his comments as inappropriate and defamatory.
Steve S. February 04, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Carl Lambrecht February 08, 2013 at 11:09 AM
In God We Trust


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