Illinois is on the verge of legalizing homosexual "marriage" – and that greatly saddens a pro-family activist who works diligently to expose the truth about the "gay" lifestyle.
Last session the bill passed in the Illinois Senate, but did not come up for a vote in the House because the sponsor agreed there insufficient support. On Tuesday, the House passed it 61-54. The Senate approved minor changes and sent it to Governor Pat Quinn, who has said he will sign it.
Peter LaBarbera heads Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, which is based in the Chicago suburb of Naperville.
"It's very sad to see the Land of Lincoln now on the verge of officially defying God with our marriage laws," he tells OneNewsNow. "No matter what happens through the law or what politicians do, two men will never really be married, nor will two women. Marriage is one man, one woman."
According to the family advocate, the bill will have far reaching repercussions across the state.
"Sadly, as this state, and increasingly the country, kicks God to the curb, we're setting up all sorts of new-fangled legal arrangements – and that's exactly what homosexual so-called marriage is," he laments, adding: "It will now be easier in schools to propagandize in favor of so-called homosexual marriage."
The only religious protection in the bill is for pastors, rabbis, and Muslim imams.
"We will see freedom threatened across the state from people who don't want to support, for example, homosexual marriage through their own private business," he cites. "They don't want to give that as an employee benefit, benefits based on a counterfeit marriage."
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LaBarbera says the lengthy House debate was based on "equality," but he argues homosexual marriage will never be equal. There was no debate on vital issues such as a bankrupt pension plan or budget concerns.
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