To the Editor:
As a practicing Catholic, I applaud the Illinois General Assembly’s actions to make same-sex marriage legal in Illinois.
Nothing in this law changes the religious definition of marriage. Nothing in the law requires a religion to recognize or perform same-sex marriages. The law simply grants equal civil rights to people who have been discriminated against based on their sexual orientation. Our wonderful, enlightened Pope Francis famously declared that even he has no place judging people based on this aspect of their innate character.
The Pope understands that Jesus loves us all, and that we are all God’s children. There is no rational reason to discriminate against people based on race, religion, creed, gender or sexual orientation. The General Assembly did the right thing to recognize this, and I am proud to see governments and religious leaders throughout the world moving toward a model of inclusiveness for all.