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1,700 Faith Communities in Illinois Issue Letter Opposing Gay Marriage

 

An extraordinary show of support for true marriage by a wide spectrum of faith communities in Illinois:

Pastoral leaders representing more than 1,700 faith communities in Illinois – parishes, congregations, churches and Friday prayer locations and Masjids – have signed a letter sent to Illinois lawmakers, urging them to safeguard both marriage and religious freedom by rejecting any legislative efforts to redefine marriage

The faith leaders note that traditional marriage “is the natural order embracing the complementary physical, emotional and spiritual design of men and women.”

They also warn that simply not being forced to preside over same-sex marriages does nothing to protect religious freedom as guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The proposed legislation falls far short of protecting the rights of churches and individuals to freely exercise their religious beliefs and abide their consciences, they note.

“If marriage is redefined in civil law, individuals and religious organizations – regardless of deeply held beliefs – will be compelled to treat same-sex unions as the equivalent of marriage in their lives, ministries and operations,” they write.

All 177 state lawmakers will receive a copy of the letter personally addressed to him/her. Read the entire letter here.

The signees of the letter represent a diversity of faiths, including the Anglican Church in North America, the Catholic Church, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, as well as individual Baptist and Evangelical churches. (ILCatholic)

3 Comments

  1. Will Fisher
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    My church's bishop wrote an open letter in SUPPORT of marriage equality.

  2. Forrest
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Good to see and read that common sense and not political correctness pandering guides these real leaders of faith.
    Keep fighting because this is too important to give into the marriage corruption supporters.

  3. Ash
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    Very beautiful letter. I love how they describe the essence of marriage. Poetic and transcendental, yet rational and sensible even to non-religious folks.