From the folks at the USCCB:
Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference
of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of
Marriage, applauded the “victory in the Land of Lincoln” as the Illinois
state House failed to vote on a bill to redefine marriage before the
legislative session ended last Friday.
“The fact that the
Illinois state House did not vote on the marriage redefinition bill
reflects a failure to have the votes to pass the bill,” said Archbishop
Cordileone. “This victory in the Land of Lincoln demonstrates that
marriage redefinition even in the face of intense political pressure
is not inevitable, a likely reason we haven’t heard much about it in
the national media.”
A diversity of faith leaders joined together to defend marriage in Illinois.
of various faith traditions spoke eloquently on the reality that nature
and nature’s God make clear that marriage is the union of one man and
one woman,” Archbishop Cordileone said. “Catholics will continue to
proclaim with people of other faiths and of no particular faith that
marriage is the one-flesh union of one man and one woman. Indeed, both
faith and reason lead us to this truth.”
Archbishop Cordileone also addressed the claim that equality requires redefining marriage in law.
persons have inherent dignity and must be treated equally with the
respect and justice that is their due," he said. "That is part of the
purpose of the law; it is not the purpose of the law, though, to give
people social status, as the advocates for marriage redefinition
contend. For a well-ordered society, laws must reflect reality; for
them to contradict reality would be simply irrational. Our children
deserve as much and depend upon all of us, especially our leaders, to
protect the reality of marriage, not redefine it in the law. Many
thanks go to all those who let their voices be heard in defense of
marriage in Illinois,” Archbishop Cordileone said.
The bill to
redefine marriage that was not brought to a vote in the Illinois state
House had passed the Illinois state Senate earlier in the year.
Proponents of marriage redefinition in Illinois may try again to advance
the bill in the Illinois legislature later this year.