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Supporters, opponents put heat on lawmakers over gay marriage

As Illinois lawmakers get ready to vote on a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, opponents and supporters are turning up the heat on legislators to vote their way.

“Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson joined Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and openly-gay state representatives Deborah Mell (D-Chicago) and Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) at the Thompson Center Wednesday to urge support for gay marriage legislation.

A bill on the issue is expected to be introduced in Springfield this week.

Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George is urging Catholics to speak out against a same-sex marriage bill.

He wrote a letter asking parishioners to call their state legislators and voice opposition to the legislation.

Cardinal George says civil laws that establish same-sex marriage create a “legal fiction,” and that the state does not have the power to create something that nature itself says is impossible.

Simon responded by saying many older couples do not marry to procreate, and that couples with fertility problems may turn to adoption which, by the Cardinal’s definition, may also be labelled a “legal fiction.”

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3 Comments to “Supporters, opponents put heat on lawmakers over gay marriage”

    Jason Warren said:
    January 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    If this law passes my husband and I will be moving to Chicago!!! We were married in October in Tennesse but not recognized by law. We find that demoralizing. We wish to be recognized by law just as our friends, family and church recognize it…..that is a happily married couple! Not only will the bill serve to advance equality in Illinois it will help drive commerce. We are 2 people ready to move to your state if the bill passes!

    Bruce Robinson said:
    January 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    I have never understood why 50% of legislators plus 1 or 50% of voters plus 1 should be able to deny a fundamental human right to a minority of loving, committed couples. Exactly what part of "justice and liberty for all" would allow this to happen?

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