URGENT: Protect Marriage in Illinois
URGENT: Protect Marriage in Illinois
Written By Laurie Higgins   |   02.18.13

Since the mainstream media never does their job when it comes to issues related to homosexuality, ordinary citizens must do it.  The mainstream media continually ask conservative lawmakers hard questions about the legalization of same-sex marriage, while never asking hard questions that challenge the views of “progressive” lawmakers. Therefore, IFI is asking Illinoisans to do so. 

IFI is urging two groups of Illinoisans to ask some hard questions of any lawmaker who will be or may be voting in favor of the legalization of “same-sex marriage”: 

1. Those who will be going to Springfield should ask these questions when they meet with their representatives on Wednesday. 

2. Those who are unable to go to Springfield should schedule appointments with their representatives in their local offices. Try to bring as many constituents as possible to these meetings, including local clergy. 

Here are the questions to which lawmakers must respond:
(Click HERE for a PDF version of these questions.) 

  1. What is marriage? What are the inherent, fundamental constituent features of marriage? 
  2. Supporters of this bill claim that marriage has no inherent connection to gender, sexual complementarity, or reproductive potential. If marriage has no inherent connection to gender, sexual complementarity or reproductive potential, why are you limiting it to two people? 
  3. Marriage revisionists claim that the sole defining feature of marriage is love. They claim that marriage is solely about “who loves whom.” If that’s so, why is the government involved? Does the government have a vested interest in affirming the love of those in an inherently non-reproductive type of relationship? If the government has a vested interest in legally recognizing and affirming love, then why doesn’t it recognize other loving relationships, like close platonic friendships? 
  4. Do children have an inherent right to a mother and a father? 
  5. Since many claim that access to marriage is a “civil right,” could you tell me what civil rights are? Is access to civil rights guaranteed to couples or to individuals?
  6. Are polyamorists and bisexuals denied their civil rights and are they being treated unequally since they cannot marry the persons they love? 
  7. Since marriage revisionists assert that the prohibition of “same-sex marriage” is analogous to the prohibition of interracial marriage, could you tell me in what specific ways homosexual unions are analogous to interracial unions? 
  8. In educating yourself on this issue that will radically alter marriage and culture, can you tell me specifically what you’ve read about marriage, including what marriage is, what the public purpose of marriage is, and how the legalization of “same-sex marriage” would affect the culture? 

Compel your lawmaker to defend his or her vote with actual reasons rather than superficial sound bites. Ask, and ask, and ask until they answer. Don’t settle for evasion and obfuscation. Your lawmakers work for you. They are your public servants. Write their answers down and send them to us and to your local press in letters to the editor. If you forget to print this list of questions, it will be available at the IFI desk in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday.

Two years ago 4,000 homeschooling parents rallied in Springfield to protest a proposed law that would have required them to register their children with the state. 

Recently, somewhere between 350,000-1,000,000 people, including homosexuals, rallied in France to protest the legalization of same-sex marriage. 

If 4,000 Illinoisans are willing to fight for homeschooling rights and 1,000,000 French citizens are willing to fight to preserve marriage, we shouldbe able to muster several thousand to fight for the critical institution of marriage in Illinois. 

If we say and do nothing as homosexuals and their ideological allies vigorously push to legalize what should be inconceivable, we bear significant responsibility for the presence of pernicious, fallacious ideas in elementary schools. 

If we say and do nothing while the government becomes complicit in the destruction of marriage, we bequeath to our children and grandchildren a country of diminished rights and greater oppression, which will follow as surely as night follows day. 

If we say and do nothing, we get what we deserve.

Please join us in Springfield on Feb. 20 and inspire others around the country like Illinois homeschoolers and the people of France have inspired us! And for those who cannot make it, please schedule meetings with your representatives in their local offices. 

DEFEND MARRIAGE Lobby Day 
Click HERE for a PDF version of the lobby day instructions.         

When:  Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 
Where:  Illinois State Capitol
Address:  401 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL  62701
Time:  10:30 am – 1:30 pm 
Rally: At the Lincoln statue in front of the Capitol (10:30 AM)

Laurie Higgins
Laurie Higgins became the Illinois Family Institute’s Cultural Analyst in the fall of 2008. Prior to working for the IFI, Laurie worked full-time for eight years in Deerfield High School’s...
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