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Cardinal George Says Same-Sex Marriage Is '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 moves closer to a vote 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. 

UPDATED: 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, however, it may be weeks before the bill goes before the state senate for a full vote.

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.  

Ryan Vukelic January 05, 2013 at 09:05 PM
I didn't see the cardinal stepping up for the common good of man when his church was hiding and covering up the damage and lives changed forever from being molested by priests!
J. Ann January 05, 2013 at 09:51 PM
I agree with the Cardinal, and I would guess a lot of people do, but are intimidated to say anything because of the extreme backlash this topic is known to generate. That's a shame---we should feel free to share our conservative viewpoint ( "rapidly diminishing?!") , since that still is our first amendment right. Speaking of rights, it is such an insult to African-Americans to equate homosexuality, (which is a choice according to the Bible, and science has never established a gay gene), and race, which is an inherent genetic trait. There is a vast difference. The latter are of great intrinsic value (i.e. by nature, not by choice of lifestyle) and deserve the same rights as everyone else. You can't change your color, but you CAN change how and who you have sex with. Unfortunately, the public school system has successfully brainwashed the youth in general to accept homosexual behavior as normal. It is not---no procreation happens in the act, which is the major reason God ordained marriage---to "be fruitful and multiply", and then there's AIDS to deal with. I refuse to be intimidated by some "progressive" liberal person who wants to call me a hater (or hypocrite or whatever) just because I have the nerve to be a conservative, Bible believing adult. I can talk with and be kind to gay PEOPLE without agreeing with their LIFESTYLE and condoning marriage. We all should do our best to seek to understand one another's point of view without destroying their character.
Army Armstrong January 05, 2013 at 10:43 PM
AND,, what do we allow next? Sex with Animals? Murder is OK? We live in the Fall of Rome, a despicable and decadent Soceity, hell bent on satisfying every pleasure and NO morals!!!
David Molinari January 07, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Wait!... I remember this Game..I state my opinion and then i get attacked and called bigot..racist..homo-phobe etc,etc,etc. Then the attackers pontificate about their lofty position about making society fair and enabling great strides forward for humanity while comparing the actions of someone in the bedroom to being born into slavery..then i am told that an action does not define us sexually...which would give us free will over our actions, (As my god created Me!} But these compulsions are a result of a genetic make up as would be in the case of someone being born asian or Black or brown or Red. This of course destroys The Idea that all Men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with Human rights. Because in this case this person must act in a certain way with no choice over their actions. Anyway..I remember this Game! P.T. Barnum said "There's a Sucker born every minute". Good Luck Suckers!
Brian Hannigan January 08, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Allow? Here's the thing, it's not up to you to ALLOW consenting adults to have sex in whatever manner of their choosing. Animals can't consent and you're comparing gay sex to murder? Wow! I'm just happy that people with this mentality are in the minority now. I guess society is becoming more enlightened, even if some people don't keep up with evolution.

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