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Illinois judge, former head of US bishops' review board, presides at same-sex weddings

June 09, 2014

An Illinois judge who once chaired the US bishops’ National Review Board has presided at same-sex marriage ceremonies, and plans to continue doing so.

“I will not step back from this position,” says state Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke. “It is a right one.”

Justice Burke says in Illinois, it is now “part of the duties of a judge” to officiate at civil wedding ceremonies. She is the first member of the supreme court to perform that function at same-sex weddings.


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  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Jun. 10, 2014 9:49 PM ET USA

    It is NOT part of the duties of a judge to officiate over ANY marriages. She may decide to preside over marriages but is NOT obligated to do so. It appears that she is aiding the homosexual couple to engage in manifest grave sin. Canon 915 requires that she be refused Holy Communion.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jun. 10, 2014 7:32 AM ET USA

    Why aim I not surprised? The bishops collectively -- with a few individual exceptions -- have let the pro-abortion politicians scandalize and confuse the faithful with no canonical repercussions for decades. Now it looks like pro-same sex marriage judges will get off scott free as well.

  • Posted by: filioque - Jun. 09, 2014 11:19 PM ET USA

    The Nazi defendants at Nuremberg made a similar argument.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jun. 09, 2014 6:26 PM ET USA

    Another example of the US Bishops Conference's incompetence in picking lay leaders.

  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 09, 2014 6:17 PM ET USA

    The decay of the U.S. Catholic laity continues as the secular culture speaks loud and clear, while the Church hierarchy whispers about morality.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jun. 09, 2014 5:59 PM ET USA

    Another scandal. Of course, Catholics have lost a sense of scandal, many believing that "scandal" means somebody else doing something they don't like. Which means they have already stumbled over the scandalon.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Jun. 09, 2014 5:36 PM ET USA

    Bad move by a heretofore impressive woman.