Supporters, opponents put heat on lawmakers over gay marriage

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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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