Our Boosters are matching gifts up to $45,000. We have $32,942 to go. Your gift today will count twice!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Illinois legislature approves same-sex marriage

Catholic World News - November 07, 2013

In a 61-54 vote, the Illinois House of Representatives altered the definition of marriage in the nation’s fifth-most populous state to include same-sex couples. Gov. Pat Quinn said he will sign the legislation, which passed the Illinois Senate by a 34-21 margin in February.

“Today’s decision by Illinois lawmakers to change the definition of marriage not only goes against the common consensus of the human race – which understands that nature tells us that marriage is the union of one man and one woman – but it also undermines an institution that is the cornerstone of a healthy society,” the Catholic Conference of Illinois said in a statement. “The optimal condition in which to raise children is a home that includes both a mother and father, since women and men are not interchangeable.” The statement continued:

The Catholic Conference of Illinois is deeply disappointed that members of the General Assembly chose to redefine what is outside of its authority: a natural institution like marriage. We remain concerned about the very real threats to religious liberty that are at stake with the passage of this bill.

We thank the thousands of citizens across Illinois who joined us in our efforts to preserve marriage in law. This was a truly bipartisan and ecumenical effort, reflective of the fact that a marriage is universally understood as being between a man and a woman.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($118,091 to go):
$150,000.00 $31,908.98
79% 21%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: nix898049 - Nov. 07, 2013 11:18 AM ET USA

    Pray especially for Bishop Paprocki. A true and brave shepherd. 'Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in this day of battle. Be our protection against the wiles and wickedness of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, cast into HELL satan all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. ~Amen'

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

And here's another very old story: the secular media don't understand Catholic affairs 22 hours ago
How not to be persuasive 23 hours ago
Francis the Man, Francis the Pope October 28
Clarifying what it might mean for a pope to wish to change Catholic doctrine October 28
Does the Kasper Proposal make Pope Francis a heretic? Invalid marriages and mortal sin October 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6