My View: Civil union law is unnecessary

The March 28 In My View column by University of Illinois at Springfield professor Jason Pierceson deserves a response from those to whom he might refer as the “sexual majority,” people who oppose the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act initiated by the Illinois House’s Youth and Family Committee. If ever there were a contradiction in terms, this legislation is as oxymoronic as it gets. Citing polls and using sweeping generalizations, Pierceson claims that there are no good arguments against civil unions and same-sex marriage, absent theological extremism. With all due respect to the good professor, if polls and religious persuasion determined public policy in the United States, blacks would have never been freed from slavery or have the right to vote and own property. He extrapolates misleading information from poll numbers to give the impression that most Americans support homosexual unions.