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01/31/2011

Curing IL, one civil shot at a time

by Jeremy Hooper

779Px-Flag Of Illinois.SvgToday at 4PM ET, this will happen:

Chicago, IL — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will sign landmark civil unions legislation into law during a ceremony this afternoon giving gay and straight couples in Illinois many of the legal rights afforded to married couples.
New law will afford same-sex couples many of the legal rights afforded to married couples [Chicago Pride]

A nice move. Though if you listen to the Illinois Family Institute (and who doesn't really?), the afternoon delight sounds more like tea with the Devil:

"It is either ignorant or dishonest to suggest that the inclusion of sexual complementarity in the list of central defining criteria for government-sanctioned marriage denies homosexuals a civil right," says Higgins.

Civil unions are merely a stepping stone to legalized same-sex marriage. Of the central defining criteria for marriage -- number of partners, blood kinship, minimum age and sexual complementarity -- sexual complementarity is the most enduring. Therefore, eliminating it constitutes the most radical redefinition of marriage imaginable.

"Gov. Quinn should reject this anti-family bill and reject the efforts of the homosexual lobby to impose this highly contentious and controversial policy on the people of Illinois. Homosexual behavior is not equivalent to race and gender diversity is essential to marriage. It is intellectually dishonest to argue otherwise" said Smith.

Higgins states that "Once marriage is severed from procreative potential and gender, it becomes meaningless as a public institution. "

IFI Objects to New Civil Unions Legislation [IFI]

So you have a couple of choices, Illinoisans. You can view this as an important step in making the gay, lesbian, and bisexual residents of America's fifth-most populated state somewhere closer to equal under civil law. Or -- or, or, or: You can turn Gov. Quinn's pen stroke into a de facto knifing in the heart of all that is good, holy, meaninfgul, and [insert whatever term Laurie Higgins' thesaurus is suggesting on this day]. It's up to you, really.

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