(CNSNews.com) – Francis Cardinal George, who heads the archdiocese of Chicago representing 2.3 million Catholics, said the push by Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly to vote this week to legalize homosexual “marriage” was an “affront to human reason” and so contrary to natural law that the “legislature might just as well repeal the law of gravity.”
“[T]he nature of marriage is not a religious question. Marriage comes to us from nature,” said Cardinal George in a Jan. 6 column in his archdiocesan newspaper. “Sexual relations between a man and a woman are naturally and necessarily different from sexual relations between same-sex partners. This truth is part of the common sense of the human race. It was true before the existence of either Church or State, and it will continue to be true when there is no State of Illinois and no United States of America.”
He continued, “A proposal to change this truth about marriage in civil law is less a threat to religion than it is an affront to human reason and the common good of society. It means we are all to pretend to accept something we know is physically impossible. The Legislature might just as well repeal the law of gravity.”
The bill under consideration would legally change the definition of marriage in Illinois from that between one man and one woman to “between two persons.” Its chief sponsors are Democrat State Sen. Heather Stearns and Democrat State Rep. Gregg Harris.
As this story was posted Thursday evening, the bill had passed in committee, 8-5, but it was not known whether it would make it to a floor vote before legislators go home for the weekend.
Cardinal George explained that the gay “marriage” legislation imperils the “natural relationship between parents and children” who want to know their biological parents, their natural designed family. The legislation would undermine that desire by placing the naturally designed marriage of a man and a woman on the same level as the legally designed “marriage” of two men or two women.
“If the nature of marriage is destroyed in civil law, the natural family goes with it,” said Cardinal George.
Chicago is the home city of President Barack Obama and its mayor is Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff; both men support gay “marriage." The lame duck Illinois General Assembly legislative session ends on Jan. 9.
In a letter read from the pulpit by all the archdiocese’s priests last Sunday, the cardinal wrote at length about how marriage comes from nature and that the state “has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible,” and that “artificial constructs [gay marriage] protected by ‘civil rights’” actually “destroy natural rights.”
If the legislation becomes law, the cardinal warned that people who disagree with it and its application throughout society will be viewed as “bigots.
“Those who continue to distinguish between genuine marital union and same sex arrangements will be regarded in law as discriminatory, the equivalent of bigots,” the letter reads. “This proposed legislation will have long term consequences because laws teach; they tell us what is socially acceptable and what is not, and most people conform to the dictates of their respective society, at least in the short run.”
“Human dignity and human rights are then reduced to the whims of political majorities,” said Cardinal George. “ When the ways of nature and nature’s God conflict with civil law, society is in danger. … Pray for our State.”
In a separate Jan. 2 letter signed by Cardinal George and more than 70 other clergy from Lutheran, Anglican, Baptist, Evangelical, and other Christian churches in Illinois, as well as the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, it states: “Marriage is an institution fundamental to the well-being of society because a stable, loving marriage is the ideal environment for raising children. … As such, marriage in its true definition has long been respected and publicly supported in our society.”
The real peril with the attempt to legally redefine marriage, state the clergyman, is that “if marriage is redefined in civil law, individuals and religious organizations – regardless of deeply held beliefs – will be compelled to treat same-sex unions as the equivalent of marriage in their lives, ministries and operations. Compulsion of this nature is a violation of personal conscience and of religious liberty.”
Legal recognition and promotion of homosexual “marriage” in Illinois “will directly impact religious freedom,” states the Jan. 2 letter.