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Cardinal George Says Same-Sex Marriage 'Against The Common Good,' Do You Agree?

Cardinal Francis George releases a strongly worded letter as the State Legislature moves closer to a vote on gay marriage.

As gay marriage is debated in the Illinois General Assembly, Cardinal Francis George has released a letter attacking the notion of same-sex marriage itself and urging Catholics to voice their objections. 

Illinois State Senate members went home on Thursday without voting the bill up or down in the final days of the veto session, although a senate committee did vote in favor of the bill to allow same-sex marraige. Supporters are hoping the bill will be passed after new lawmakers are sworn in on Jan. 9.

The marriage equality bill's failure to go before the senate for a full vote on Thursday was credited to pushback from the Catholic Conference of Illinois and Cardinal Francis George, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Illinois would become the 10th state in the country to allow same-sex marriages.

In his letter, George argued that because same-sex marriages cannot be consummated and are not undertaken for the purpose of conceiving children that government, "has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible."

He qualifies his argument by writing that the Catholic church offers support for the gay community through various ministries. George argues that opposition to the potential law is crucial because of societal acceptance same-sex marriage would gain if it is viewed as legal. 

"Human dignity and human rights are then reduced to the whims of political majorities," he writes. 

Supporters of same-sex marriage have long argued that legalization is a human rights issue and the restriction of marriage rights to heterosexual couples is its own form of discrimination. 

The law would force no religious institutions to perform same-sex marriages. 

Gay marriage has been gaining support nationally at a comparatively rapid rate in recent years. Recent polls have consistently indicated that over half of Americans support it. That number spikes to 72 percent of Americans between 18 and 29 years of age, according to a CBS News poll.  

J. Ann January 08, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Wellllll.... GOD cares, and that's enough for me. It's really not about a religion, but about a Supreme Being who cares for us and wants to have a loving relationship with us and He says specifically in Romans chapter 1 (as well as Leviticus) that there are major problems with a homosexual or lesbian sexual relationship; we were CREATED to be united as "man and woman" according to nature. And according to the first amendment I have a right to believe and say that without being called a hater or being harassed by those who may disagree! It's NOT about judging or hating people at all, though unfortunately some have passed judgment, but about honoring God and His right to be Sovereign. He really does know what's best for us! It's very hard when our will comes up against His, but it's wisdom to listen to Him.
Pastor Suzanne Anderson-Hurdle January 08, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Christine, can you tell me where the definition of marriage began 5,000 years ago? And, if the purpose of marriage is to depend on the possibility of procreation, should we disallow infertile couples or couples beyond child-bearing years from getting married? I am a Christian but I believe the religious argument against same-sex marriage should have no bearing in the civil discussion of marriage. If churches/religious organizations do not want to perform or recognize same-sex marriages that is their right. However, decisions related to civil marriage, which allows for many, many benefits, should be about legal rights. And, I just cannot understand how, in America, we can withhold legal rights from any segment of society simply because of their sexual orientation.
Pastor Suzanne Anderson-Hurdle January 08, 2013 at 02:47 AM
Unfortunately, J. Ann, much of what the Roman Catholic Church believes is not Biblical. They, like many "organized religions" have many man-made rules and beliefs. Trying to discern those that are Biblical from those that are man-made is not always easy but something we should definitely do.
Pastor Suzanne Anderson-Hurdle January 08, 2013 at 02:49 AM
While I don't agree 100% with Russ that they don't care, because I know there are many same-sex couples who are Christian and care very much that their marriages are blessed, as I said in my comment to Christine, most are simply asking for legal marriages, not religious ones. Marriages in the eyes of the church are something different, perhaps, for some. Legal should be the same whether you are gay or straight.
Russ January 08, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Point of clarification - Pastor Suzanne I agree with you 100%…my "union" was blessed by the Unitarian Church in 2005. The Unitarians have a lot of love and not too much Leviticus. My comment "nor would they care" was in reference to Eileen speaking on behalf of God; or at least his eyes.

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