A coalition has formed to lobby against same-sex marriage.Eleven conservative and religious organizations have formed the Coalition to Protect Children & Marriage, to try to prevent a law allowing same-sex couples to marry.  Paul Caprio of Family PAC says same-sex marriage is a troubling piece of legislation.
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“This would be a further attack at the institution of marriage as defined by our law, and as you know, our Illinois law clearly defines marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman,” he said.  Caprio says this group will engage in traditional advocacy, asking like-minded individuals to contact their lawmakers, and by having a lobbyist in Springfield. Sponsors of same-sex marriage want to call the bill at the start of January, if they can line up the votes.
  • Members of the coalition:
  • David Smith, director, Illinois Family Institute
  • Penny Pullen, president, Eagle Forum of Illinois
  • Mary Anne Hackett, president, Catholic Citizens of Illinois
  • Peter Breen, executive director, Thomas More Society
  • Scott Phelps, Abstinence and Marriage Partnership
  • Ralph Rivera, Illinois Family Coalition
  • Bonnie Quirke, Lake County Right to Life
  • Rev. Robert Vanden Bosch, Concerned Christian Americans
  • Paul Caprio, director, Family-PAC
  • Irene Napier, Right to Life McHenry County
  • Jon Zahm, chairman, Kane County Conservative Coalition

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