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This Time for Real…We are Not Going to Deny You Religious Liberty. We Promise

Crains Chicago Business 14 February 2013 4 Comments

This month, the Illinois Assembly takes up the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which would grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry. In an effort to defeat the bill, opponents argue that it could infringe on religious liberty by permitting lesbian or gay couples to sue churches for refusing to rent parish halls.

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Government can never force clergy or religious denominations to marry anyone, and the bill prohibits lawsuits based on a church’s refusal. Illinois has one of the most extensive religious freedom protections nationwide, and the bill expressly states that it neither limits nor removes pre-existing protections for religious freedom.

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  • Pat Hickey said:

    “The marriage bill properly keeps current nondiscrimination laws governing businesses intact. Lesbian and gay Illinoisans should not have to trade hard-fought protection from discrimination by businesses and social services in return for the freedom to marry.”

    Which means Knights of Columbus, Parish Athletic Associations, Catholic Order of Foresters Insurance had better become gay-compliant pronto!

    Catholic Charities got a lesson in the new civility last year.

    Any Catholic who votes for this goofy and power-mad legislation had better come up with a good excuse ( reason be damned as in the enactment) -” Gay money funded me, just like Personal PAC.” That, I can understand, but not accept.

  • Ward Heeler said:

    We heard all of the same empty promises when the civil unions law was passed one year ago. Exemptions for churches were promised and immediately after the law was enacted Catholic charities handling welfare cases and adoption referrals were no longer acceptable service providers because of their supposed bigotry. This bill ought to be flushed, but the Democrats are hungry for gay dollars.

  • Pat Hickey said:

    Gay Marriage passed the Illinois Senate by a huge margin 34-21-2 My Senator William Cunnigham IL 18th voted for Gay Marriage.


  • Whistleblower said:

    Dept. of Justice turns a blind eye for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, and turns on the First Amendment


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