Illinois House of Representatives yesterday completed a mission started by its Senate counterparts in February by redefining what is outside of its authority: a nature-ordered union of one man and one woman, the institution of marriage.
Come June 1, marriage in Illinois will be defined as “between two persons.”
During floor debate, lawmakers threw out words such as “equality” and “fairness.” But one important term was glossed over — religious freedom.
It’s in the title of the bill, lawmakers said, the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.” They further noted that no church or clergy will be forced to solemnize any same-sex marriage or rent their parish or fellowship halls for any type of same-sex wedding recognition.
It’s all good, lawmakers assured faith groups and religious organizations. Your religious freedom is secure.
Where have we heard that before?