Much of the opposition stems from religious concerns, such as those cited by Cardinal Francis George, who has urged a "no" vote. We fully understand and respect the cardinal's view that same-sex marriage violates natural law. But nothing in this bill affects the church's authority to define what is right for Catholics. It recognizes the difference between religious rites and civil institutions.
The Catholic church, after all, bars remarriage by divorcees, but Illinois grants marriage licenses to them. Allowing same-sex marriage does not limit the freedom of religious believers to reject it; it merely allows those who differ to practice what they believe.
Which is the best argument ever and I wish I'd thought of it. The Church is in no danger of being sued out of existence by divorcees demanding the right to marry with its sanction, therefore, I mean, whatever, and can we get back to making sure poor people are fed please?
The future of gay couples' right to marry in Illinois could very well, as god intended, rely on the automobile industry. Illinois Senators haveattached the legalization of gay marriage as an amendment to House Bill 4963, which itself amends the state's Collateral Recovery Act. Feasibly, a bill which seeks to "define 'automobile rental company'" could also end up defining marriage in the nation's fifth largest state.
The bizarre move comes after Senate Republicans succeeded in blocking the bill from getting a first hearing Wednesday. So, as a last ditch effort, the bill's champion, Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago, has tacked legalization of gay marriage as an amendment to another bill that was already scheduled for a vote Thursday. Illinois' General Assembly is in its last days.
The bill passed out of a Senate committee tonight, clearing the way for a full vote.
About damn time my state joined the rest of the civilized world.