Post # 1
Sad blurb at the end though “Meanwhile, an opponent of the law, the Catholic diocese in Rockford, announced last week it will end its state-funded adoption and foster-care program rather than comply with the law, which would require it to place children with gay or unmarried couples.”
So much I could say about that but will just bite my tongue.
Post # 3
Well, it’s a step in the right direction. But there are still hundreds of other rights that won’t be granted under federal law, and if a couple ever decides to leave Illinois their civil union will give them exactly zero rights elsewhere. Sigh.
Post # 4
I have a friend on Facebook who lives there and said that he’s super excited that his marriage to his husband of eight years if getting closer to where he wants it to be. But yes, this whole thing still makes me furious.
Post # 5
It’s a step in the right direction, for sure. My MOH lives in Illinois and she’s happy that she and her girlfriend of 4 years will finally at least have the option of being legally recognized. But I don’t understand why there has to be so much hatred toward the love of others…
Post # 6
I am a proponent of gay marriage, so I think this is a great step in the right direction.
However, this is the United States where there is a separation of church and state. The Catholic Church does not have to support this. I am not in favor of any laws that “force” religious groups into doing anything against their beliefs.
I would be interested in finding out what the church is doing for foster children in replacement of the state program.
Post # 7
Like the PP’s have said, it’s definitely a step in the right direction. I hope someday New York will follow suit.
It makes me so angry that gay marriage is even an issue. Everyone should be able to love who they want to love. It breaks my heart when I read stores of long time companions being denied medical rights to their dieing partner just because some uptight politicians think homosexualaty is icky.
Post # 8
Definitely a step in the right direction. And I feel like NY is SO close and yet not. Living in NYC, I feel like it’s sort of like, why hasn’t it been passed already. Though of course there are plently in NYC who aren’t supportive, and NYC isn’t the state.
There seems to be discussions about legalization here…hopefully sooner than later. And hopefully soon it won’t even be an issue to be discussed.
I forgot if someone posted this here…I think they did. But this seems to say it all.
Post # 9
bout time… its so sad and wrong that this is taking so long!!! love is love… it doesnt matter if its two men, two women, or one of each!
Post # 10
I am happy to be in a state that recognizes the rights of every HUMAN BEING. Gay, straight, bi or whatever we are all humans and deserve the same. Its a day to celebrate the love not the hate. 🙂
Post # 11
While I don’t believe a religious organization should be “forced” to recognize same-sex marriage, I do wonder about the Catholic position on this. Does the church seriously believe that every couple with whom it places a child is free from sin? If not, why is is so sure that the sin of being in an unmarried or same-sex relationship outweighs every other consideration in deciding whether placement of a child is appropriate?
Particularly in the area of placement of foster children, there is a serious shortage of available homes. Turning away willing foster parents because they are unmarried or in a same-sex relationship seems counterproductive.
Post # 13
I read an interesting fact. More states recognize marriages between first cousins then legal unions between same-sex couples. How sad is that? I am from Iowa and proud of our standing, and I am proud of the states standing up and doing what is right.
Post # 14
@Georgia Bee: I think the issue here is that the Catholic church is using state money for their programs, but does not want to comply with state anti-discrimination guidelines. You can’t have it both ways. I think the church does great work in many communities, and I hope that eventually they will take this work back up in a non-discriminatory fashion. But I am absolutely not OK with using state money to fund discriminatory practices.
Post # 15
As a proud tenant of IL, I am soo soo excited about this! My fiancee and I are soon to be one of many couples tying ourselves legally to each other. The state can call it what they want, but we are getting MARRIED! She’s the one for me in every aspect and you’re all totally correct: love is love, regardless of gender. 🙂
Post # 16
Makes me sad to be a Catholic! This whole this is STUPID. Anyone and everyone should be able to get married. A civil union is a step, but it’s still not marriage. Come on US, let’s get this rolling!