The Catholic church, on the other hand, is lobbying to kill love, all the while claiming they’re doing it for the children! Yeah, when the Catholic church comes clean about its decades of aiding and abetting the rape of small children, and then abusing children who tried to come forward about the sexual abuse they were suffering at the hands of Catholic priests, then we’ll listen to what the Catholic church has to say about the best interests of children.
Richard Socarides has more about Illinois’ upcoming gay marriage debate, that could start as early as today. Via the New Yorker:
Right now, advocates plan to hold a State Senate hearing on the legislation as soon as later today, January 2nd, and the bill could be voted on by the full chamber on Thursday, January 3rd. The State House of Representatives would then have through Wednesday, January 8th, to pass the bill during the lame-duck session. Advocates are confident that they have the votes in the State Senate and feel that they are “within striking distance” in the House, according to a source close to the situation. Governor Quinn has said that he would sign the law. Although advocates want to get a vote now, during the lame-duck session, because they feel a win is likely, the new legislature being sworn in on January 9th has a supermajority of Democratic members who would also presumably favor of the legislation.
Even President Obama weighed in on the issue a few days ago, in support of gay marriage. From the Chicago Sun-Times:
“While the president does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect,” White House spokesman Shin Inouye told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday.
“As he has said, his personal view is that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing so. Were the President still in the Illinois State Legislature, he would support this measure that would treat all Illinois couples equally,” Inouye said.
This is not insignificant. The President provides cover for a lot of Democrats on this issue.
And I have to say I’m impressed that the GOP party chair, Pat Brady, is also weighing in. That’s not insignificant either, especially when the national party remains awful on so many of our issues. Here’s what he had to say, via the Chicago Sun-Times:
“More and more Americans understand that if two people want to make a lifelong commitment to each other, government should not stand in their way,” Brady said. “Giving gay and lesbian couples the freedom to get married honors the best conservative principles. It strengthens families and reinforces a key Republican value – that the law should treat all citizens equally.”