Two landmark decisions may forever shape the landscape of same sex marriages in the Illinois, and the United States.
In Illinois, a bill legalizing gay marriage moved on to the full house after passing (by a 6-5 vote) through a Democratic lead committee. The bill was criticized by religious leaders who felt that the act was immoral.
President Barack Obama urged the United States Supreme Court to overturn a California ban on same sex marriage. If accepted, the decision may impact 7 states; including the State of Illinois.
Illinois residents expressed deep concern about both the state vote and the “intrusion” by the President.
Said one resident:
“I don’t like what is taking place here (Illinois). It seems like those of us who object for spiritual reasons have no voice. I know and believe in my Bible, and don’t think it my right to force my opinions on anyone. However, the disrespect of the religious community has reached an all-time high. I mean; where do you draw the line?”
Some Illinois residents and Obama supporters were not pleased with the President’s stance (on same sex marriage), and were outraged by his course of action.
“The President is a Christian man; but his actions in this case are not. I’m not asking him to discriminate; but I am asking that all of us get a vote. This is not a legislative issue; it is a spiritual one. The decision should be made in my house; not the White House.”
Under the local measure, marriage in Illinois would be between 2 people, and no longer be defined as a union between a man and a woman. The Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments on March 26.
Source: Chicago Tribune