Same-sex marriage won approval in the Illinois Senate Thursday afternoon, following a vigorous debate. The arguments for and against same-sex marriage can quote the Bible. As a bill allowing gay marriage passed the Illinois Senate, one senator spoke from the position of being both an ordained pastor and the parent of a homosexual.
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“Having three daughters, I really quickly understood that two of my daughters have rights that my one daughter did not have,” said State Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria). “I think it’s important that we understand that there is not a single view of the Christian church or any faith on this issue.” State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) said religious freedom is not the only point against the bill; it’s bad for business. “Bed and breakfasts, florists, all those that are wedding related, they will be affected,” McCarter said. “They will choose to, most of them, dissolve their businesses. That’s what’s happened in other states.”
Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) took a jab at the argument over who is making a mockery of marriage: “I’ve served here for six years. I have not seen a single bill to do away with divorce in this state. That’s really something that is very dangerous to traditional marriage.”
State Sens. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), Gary Forby (D-Benton), Bill Haine (D-Alton), and John Sullivan (D-Rushville) were the only ones not voting along party lines. Sens. Napoleon Harris (D-Flossmoor) and Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) voted present. Sens. James Clayborne (D-Belleville) and Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) were absent.