Catholic bishops declare victory after Illinois same-sex marriage bill stalls
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco on Monday applauded the Illinois House’s failure to vote on legalizing same-sex marriage.
“The fact that the Illinois state House did not vote on the marriage redefinition bill reflects a failure to have the votes to pass the bill,” said Archbishop Cordileone, the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.
“This victory in the Land of Lincoln demonstrates that marriage redefinition – even in the face of intense political pressure – is not inevitable, a likely reason we haven’t heard much about it in the national media.”
The bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state had passed the Illinois state Senate earlier this year. But the Illinois House ended its current session without voting on the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.
Holding back tears, state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), one of the bill’s main sponsors, sorrowfully admitted last Friday that the legislation did not have enough votes to pass. The bill faced stiff opposition from African-American and Catholic churches.
Many representatives needed “time to go back to their districts, talk to their constituents, and reach out to their minds and hearts,” Harris said.
The bill had been supported by several prominent Democrats, including Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and President Barack Obama.