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Cardinal George Says Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Against The Common Good', Do You Agree?

Cardinal Francis George releases a strongly worded letter as the State Legislature moves closer to a vote on gay marriage.

As gay marriage moves closer to a vote in the Illinois General Assembly, Cardinal Francis George has released a letter attacking the notion of same-sex marriage itself and urging Catholics to voice their objections. 

A vote could happen in the Senate as soon as today as lawmakers look to pass the legislation during the lame duck session. Illinois would become the 10th state in the country to allow same-sex marriages.

In his letter, George argued that because same-sex marriages cannot be consummated and are not undertaken for the purpose of conceiving children that government, "has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible."

He qualifies his argument by writing that the Catholic church offers support for the gay community through various ministries. George argues that opposition to the potential law is crucial because of societal acceptance same-sex marriage would gain if it is viewed as legal. 

"Human dignity and human rights are then reduced to the whims of political majorities," he writes. 

Supporters of same-sex marriage have long argued that legalization is a human rights issue and the restriction of marriage rights to heterosexual couples is its own form of discrimination. 

The law would force no religious institutions to perform same-sex marriages. 

Gay marriage has been gaining support nationally at a comparatively rapid rate in recent years. Recent polls have consistently indicated that over half of Americans support it. That number spikes to 72 percent of Americans between 18 and 29 years of age, according to a CBS News poll.  

Matt January 05, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Just for the record. I believe gay men and women should have a legal union to have the same legal rights as my wife and I do. I do not believe that we should change the definition of marriage. Marriage is between a man and a woman. There is a difference there. So, again, none of the questions I asked were answered directly, so what logical facts would you like to discuss?
millie January 05, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Your entitled to your opinion. Law should just change it to Legal Union for everyone. Gay or Straight
Jim January 05, 2013 at 05:16 PM
The Cardinal may be correct about the common good. Time will tell. My guess is that "marriage" like "education" will be dumbed down and that folks who don't want to be included inh that melting pot will find a new way to form a union perhaps with a new definition and new laws to govern the financial and other legal issues. Something like 46% of all births are out of wedlock presently. I am fascinated by some of the veiled anti-religious tone of some posts. Hard to tell if they are anti God or just ant-religious. But who can name a human orgainization free of stupidity or corruption or evil or all three. For those who are not determinists, I can only say that without evil there would be no free will. Without free will there would be no God. Of course some would say that a television does indeed show signs of intelligent design but that the universe does not.
Matt January 05, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Well said Jim. If we ask a direct question we do not get a direct response. So how can we have an actual logical discussion. For something to be true, there cannot be any contradictions. Major premise, Minor premise, and conclusion must all follow each other. If we cannot have a logical discussion then everything comes down to what you said earlier, :if it feels good, do it".
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