Liberal Groups Lobbying for Civil Unions Call Your State Rep. Today!!
Liberal Groups Lobbying for Civil Unions Call Your State Rep. Today!!
Written By David E. Smith   |   03.25.09
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The Illinois House is now considering a proposal (HB 2234) that would create homosexual “civil unions” in our state. This anti-family legislation passed the House Youth and Family Committee on March 5th, and is now on 3rd Reading — the last step before a vote.

Take ACTION: Contact your state representative to preserve natural marriage in Illinois!!  You can also call the Capitol switchboard at 217-782-2000 and ask your representative to please vote ‘NO’ on HB 2234 and, instead, pass a constitutional amendment to preserve marriage and its unique benefits for one man and one woman. (Be assured, legislators take very seriously the calls, letters and emails they receive.)

The only difference between marriage and “civil unions” is in name. The rights and privileges would be the same.

IT IS VITAL THAT WE MAKE OUR WILL KNOWN TO STATE LEGISLATORS. If our legislators give all the rights and benefits of marriage to homosexual partners (through civil unions) the next step will be to allow gay “marriage.”

Civil unions, same-sex marriages, and domestic partnerships will destroy marriage as we know it. When governments offer sex-partner benefits, they are essentially endorsing the behavior. These government sanctioned sex-partner benefits will take us one short step away from legalizing “marriage” between two people of the same sex. Marriage by any other name is still marriage.

Those who want to redefine marriage often insist that the only necessary qualification for marriage is “love.” Under that rationale, there can logically be no boundaries as to what constitutes marriage. Any combination or number of consenting individuals must ultimately gain the same legal and societal sanction as traditional marriage. While love is vital, it is not the definitive element of marriage. We love many people we do not marry.

Natural marriage and family must not be undermined. The data are clear and irrefutable — children do best in stable, healthy homes with both a mom and dad. Illinois’ children deserve the ideal environment and must have healthy examples. Today, with millions of fatherless children, it is extremely callous to make matters worse by redefining the most basic institution of marriage to suit the desires of a few selfish adults.

Here in Illinois, this issue is now before our lawmakers. We have an opportunity to stop this counterfeit bill and preserve one-man, one-woman marriage as the proven highest social good for society and for our children. Our legislature must be encouraged to vote against HB 2234 and support the passage of HJRCA 2 — an amendment preserving marriage and banning all counterfeits — introduced by State Representative David Reis (R-Olney).

Please call your state representative now. We cannot afford to let this bill get to Governor Patrick Quinn’s desk, as he is a supporter of Illinois’ homosexual lobby.

Bottom line: People should not be granted special legal protection and benefits based on their sexual preferences and behaviors. Moreover, homosexual “marriage” is not a civil right.

David  E. Smith
Dave Smith is the executive director of Illinois Family Institute (501c3) and Illinois Family Action (501c4). David has 30 years of experience in public policy and grass-roots activism that includes...
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