An Illinois-based family advocate says his governor has degraded the office by deciding to sign into law a "gay marriage" bill while sitting a desk once used by an American president who revered the Holy Bible.
On Wednesday, Illinois became the 16th state to legalize homosexual "marriage." Governor Pat Quinn signed SB 10 into law after having a desk once used by Abraham Lincoln shipped to Chicago for the event. The law takes effect in June when county clerks can begin issuing marriage licenses to homosexual couples.
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality takes issue with the signing on two fronts. "Abe Lincoln had a great respect for the Bible as the Word of God, and he encouraged others to read it to better his lives," says the pro-family leader. "It is inconceivable that Lincoln would set himself against clear scriptural truth ... which condemns homosexual practice – or align himself with the bizarre notion that two people of the same sex can get 'married.'"
LaBarbera also notes that in his speech, the governor pointed to advances in civil rights that have come since President Lincoln freed slaves during the Civil War.
"So it's galling to see this discussed as a 'civil right' when actually it will be used to undermine the civil rights of Christians and anybody who opposes homosexual so-called marriage," he laments.
There are so few protections for Christians in the bill that the Thomas More Society has already said people of faith will only secure their constitutional rights by going to court and fighting for them.
LaBarbera adds Illinois children will be at risk because teachers will be "emboldened" to promote homosexual marriage.
"It makes it a lot easier for them to talk about gay marriage in the context of all marriage," he explains. "It becomes illegal for them to imply or state that real marriage between a man and a woman is better or superior to so-called 'gay marriage,' and so basically this becomes a tool for liberal teachers to promote homosexuality in the classroom."
LaBarbera suggests Governor Quinn, who is a self-described Catholic, owes Abraham Lincoln an apology for drawing an association between legalizing homosexual marriage and the freeing of black slaves in America a century and a half ago.