To the Editor:
Churches and other organizations that oppose the Marriage Fairness Act, now being considered by the Illinois House of Representatives, which would allow us to marry persons of the same sex, are claiming that this bill denies them their religious freedom. The opposite is true.
This bill denies no one the freedom to marry according to their own religious beliefs. In fact, it grants that freedom to those whose religious beliefs tell them it is OK to marry a person of the same sex.
For example, I am a heterosexual man, legally married in the state of Illinois. But my friend, who happens to be gay, is denied that right. The Marriage Fairness Act gives him that right and that’s all. His church tells him this is OK, and now he has the religious freedom to marry. Your church may tell you it’s OK. You still have the right to marry according to the beliefs of your church.
The Marriage Fairness Act only makes marriage fair for every one of us, gay or not. It gives all of us real religious freedom.