Geof Stone Responds to Thomas More Society's Letter to Illinois Assembly

Are Civil Unions 'Good Enough' for Same-Sex Couples?

The Thomas More Society is a national public interest law firm that "exists to restore respect in law for life, marriage, and religious liberty." It fiercely opposes reproductive choice for women and marriage for same-sex couples. It recently sent a letter to all members of the Illinois General Assembly calling on them to oppose the pending bill that would legalize marriage for same-sex couples in Illinois. This is my response to their letter:

The Thomas More Society's recent letter makes a series of misleading assertions about the proposal in the Illinois General Assembly to extend the freedom to marry in Illinois to same-sex couples. In fact, the proposed law protects both equality and religious liberty and merits the support of all members of the General Assembly.

The Thomas More Society suggests that a law recognizing marriage for same-sex couples denigrates the marriages of opposite-sex couples and brands those who oppose same-sex marriage as "bigots." This is absurd. The proposed legislation does not compel anyone to endorse same-sex marriage, to marry someone of the same sex, or to change her religious beliefs. It does not in any way insult those who marry persons of the opposite sex or suggest that those who disagree with the law are "bigots." Rather, whether or not those who oppose marriage for same-sex couples are "bigots" is a judgment wholly independent of this legislation.

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