Victory! Illinois fails to redefine marriage

Those who want to eliminate the institution of marriage (their words, not mine) have their sights set on the heartland of America. After successfully redefining marriage in New England, progressives are taking their fight to the Midwest.

Realizing that they have a pretty low batting average when it comes to redefining marriage at the ballot box, anti-marriage activists are forcing career-conscience state legislators to grant them their wishes.

Gay Pride Fails in Illinois

Although gay marriage is often said to be inevitable, marriage redefiners were handed an embarrassing defeat last week. On Friday, the Illinois General Assembly cancelled a vote on a bill that would have allowed couples anatomically incapable of bearing children to participate in the institution of marriage.

Even though Democrats control the Governor’s office and possess supermajorities in the Illinois state legislature, history seemed to be working against them as they unsuccessfully convinced their fellow Democrats to support the notion of genderless marriage.

Nevertheless, Illinois State Representative Greg Harris – the bill’s lead sponsor – tearfully but confidently assured the public that when the Assembly reconvenes later this year, “equal marriage will…be a reality in Illinois.”

Efforts to redefine marriage along gender neutral lines are also taking root in the state of Michigan. Just last week, Senate Democrats introduced legislation that, according to Democratic State Representative Brandon Dillon – a Catholic – would usher in an era of “marriage equality.”

Although Democrats are in the minority in Michigan’s House and Senate, and won’t be in control of those legislative bodies for the foreseeable future, it’s clear that liberals think Michiganders can be tricked into supporting an institution that necessarily denies children the opportunity of being raised by their mom and dad.

Given the growing animosity towards the traditional understanding of marriage and given the full frontal attacks its opponents are about to unleash on it, I think quoting On Freemasonry and Naturalism, an encyclical written in 1884 by Pope Leo XIII, is most appropriate:

The race of man, after its miserable fall from God…separated into two diverse and opposite parts, of which the one steadfastly contends for truth and virtue, the other for those things which are contrary to virtue and to truth.

The one is the kingdom of God on earth…The other is the kingdom of Satan.

Pope Leo XIII

At every period of time each has been in conflict with the other.

At this period, however… [the Church’s enemies] are now boldly rising up against God Himself. They are planning the destruction of holy Church publicly and openly, and this with the set purpose of utterly despoiling the nations of Christendom.

It is Our office to point out the danger, to mark who are the adversaries and to the best of Our power to make head against their plans and devices.

Their ultimate purpose [is] the utter overthrow of that religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced.

They deny that anything has been taught by God…[they believe] that the multitude should be satiated with boundless license.

[They believe] that marriage belongs to the genus of commercial contracts, which can be rightly revoked by the will of those who made them.

Thus, the time is quickly coming when marriages will be turned into another kind of contract – that is, into changeable and uncertain unions which fancy may join together, and which the same when changed may disunite.

As Pope Leo mentions, we have to continue calling out the adversaries of the Catholic Church. We have to prepare ourselves for their sly and cunning words. We have to be ready when they target Illinois and Michigan later this year. Surely this voting debacle in Illinois is a setback for them, but they won’t give up that easy. And neither can we.


Categories:Breaking News Marriage Politics

  • Liam Lic

    I find it striking that much of the Catholic opposition to marriage equality is now based upon the statement that procreation is an essential component of marriage followed by a carefully nuanced exemption for heterosexuals physically incapable of procreation. Where is the outrage and condemnation of Catholic families with 3, 2 or fewer children. Catholic doctors and pharmacists who prescribe and dispense birth control. Surely the rhythm method is not responsible for the dramatic decline in the size of Catholic families; it is notable that the decline in family size is concurrent with the widespread availability of birth control methods.

    Using your military metaphor, why are you choosing to fight the battle but not the war?

  • Dave

    (updated and spell checked)
    1. 1- God did not force us to believe in Him, instead God (out of Love) decided to give us free-will (which included the capacity to sin if we choose to).
    Therefore should we follow that example? should we force our moral viewpoints on others who don’t agree with OUR Churches teaching?
    2- Often throughout history whenever one group of people wanted to dehumanize another group of people (or a leader that they disagreed with) they would call the other side “of the devil” or “the antichrist” or “of the kingdom of satan” (notice how often that word antichrist is used in order to promote various different causes)
    which than made is possible to dehumanize
    the other group of people so that could than take the next step of declaring war on those people (or leader) who they had a disagreement with. This is why I think we need to be careful to not misinterpret things that various leaders have said (including past popes) until we look at it through the lens of both the Bible and the Catechism, but mostly the teachings of Jesus Himself.
    While it is true that the Bible is not the final authority, the bible is still important to us as Catholics (it was a Catholic council of Bishops who BUILT the Christian Bible in the first place). While it’s also true that The popes are the caretakers of Jesus’ flock but ultimately Jesus Himself should be our final authority (when all is said and done, the popes just like everyone else must ultimately answer to Jesus).
    One of the things that Jesus taught us in Matthew 7 was “not to judge others” and also that “a good tree bears good fruits and a bad tree bears bad fruits” View Matthew 7 here in the New American Standard translation
    Let’s take a look at these fruits.
    What is the greatest of these fruits? It’s Love. So great is Love that according 1 Corinthians 13 ” 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.”
    Also notice according to Matthew 5 “44“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”
    Since we know that Jesus is one with the Father all of this shows us that our God is not a judgmental, demanding god who can’t wait to dish out wrath and judgment. Our God is a Loving, Forgiving, and Patient God.
    I believe from what I’ve read in both the Bible and the Catechism that if the Love of Jesus take FIRST priority in our lives (even higher than Church teaching) than all that knowledge about church teaching and self-righteous attitude many of us have about ourselves means absolutely nothing.
    My viewpoints on the issue of gay marrige are that we live is a statist culture where we are used to having to ask the government for permission to get married. Marriage should be between us and God to get married in our Church. People of other viewpoints should be entitles to their own free-will to define their unions whatever that want to. Even though I personally do not recognize gay marriage, I believe it is morally wrong for us to force our morality on others (especially when God does not force us or brainwash us to follow Him). We should instead respect other peoples freedoms and also expect others to respect our freedoms in return I support the freedom to reject gay marriage in our personal loves and in our Church but just don’t think we should be forcing our morality on others any more than we would want others to force their morality on us. This doesn’t have to be a black vs white, good vs evil, (if you’re not with us “good, righteous, holy peoples” then you are the evil spawn of satan) issue. I believe much better solution. Get the government out of the marriage business altogether and give that power back to the Church where it belongs. Instead of “statist marriages” that require the governments permission, we should get back to a Marriage Covenant perspective that rejects marriage licenses and government involvement altogether. While I don’t agree with everything on this community church website link, I think this particular article has said it best.
    Many gay people think of themselves almost like a distinct race (they believe their sexuality is just part of who they are (similar to being born black during a time of racial discrimination) therefore they think they don’t need to change and any suggestion otherwise is viewed the same as racial discrimination). I think many of them just want to be told that they are recognized as a human being too. Let’s reach out to all people (including gays) with the Love of Jesus so that they know we are not a bunch of religious zealots out to oppress and dehumanize them, but instead show them that we recognize that they are human beings too and need Jesus just like everyone else. I believe that neither definition of marriage (gay or straight) should be forced on the entire population by the government. Let’s get the government out of marriage altogether (including cutting off all government marriage benefits because benefits should NEVER be a reason for anyone to want to get married) I believe this is the only truly moral way to fix this issue. No more Government issued Statist Marriages! Let’s instead support the Marriage Covenant!

  • Roland Doucet

    Until the bishops take a stand and publically admonish Catholic for their votes for legislation that is contrary to Catholic Tenet, we will never defeat these people. Until these cowards(the bishops) take this stand we have nothing and will never win.

  • Dewey

    I quite like looking through a post that will make men and women think.
    Also, thanks for allowing for me to comment!



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