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Illinois’ Catholic governor stands his ground for civil unions there

Warned by his bishop (Thomas J. Paprocki) that “the Catholic Church does not support civil unions or other measures that are contrary to the natural moral law,” Illinois’ Catholic governor Pat Quinn said Thursday, “I did the right thing.”

Dimitrios Kalantzis of The Daily Journal wrote:

Evoking women’s suffrage and the 1960s civil rights movement, Gov. Pat Quinn vowed to sign into law a bill legalizing same-sex civil unions, which was passed Wednesday by Illinois lawmakers.

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“It’s always the right time to do the right thing,” Quinn said paraphrasing Martin Luther King Jr. during a press conference, when asked to address criticism that the state’s large debt and high jobless rate should take precedence over social issues.

The legislation was approved by the Illinois state house by a vote of 61-52 Tuesday night and approved by the Illinois Senate by a vote of 32-24 on Wednesday.

After the governor signs, the legislation will take effect on June 1, and provide same-sex couples in Illinois with protections formerly unavailable to them. For example, as Rex W. Huppke of the Chicago Tribune wrote:

Things like protecting gay and lesbian couples who have entered into a civil union from having to testify against each other in state courts, and giving a surviving partner the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If a person has a pension, a same-sex partner in a civil union will be entitled to a survivor pension benefit.

The Pew Research Center reported in November that Americans are increasingly (39%) finding marriage obsolete, but the role of families as the most important element in our lives remains overwhelming (76%).

Families, in all of their glories variety.


December 2, 2010 - Posted by | Catholic, Religion | , ,

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