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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

The bird is on the wing


* The Illinois House of Representatives this afternoon passed legislation legalizing marriage equality. As it should be. Now, it's back to the Illinois Senate. (It may already be there by the time I write this.) Then, to the governor's desk.

My own Democrat state representative voted against it, and I don't know why.

Any representative who wanted to got to stand up on the house floor and make his or her case for or against it before the vote. And a lot did.

I can understand a lot of objections, even though I don't agree with them. What I can't understand is this kind of ignorance from judges:

State Rep.Reis says: 'I’ve had three judges call up and say:'Where’s my religious individual freedoms? They’re not in here.' #twill #SB10

Court proceedings are civil or criminal. Not religious. And yet we have three judges -- employees of the state -- wanting to exert their religious beliefs over the courtroom? This is happening? A marriage in a courtroom is a civil proceeding. If a person getting married wants a religious proceeding, they more than likely aren't going a judge. They can go to a minister or rabbi or any number of other religious people for their ceremony.

There are many civil procedures of a personal nature that happen in a courtroom, the most common of which is divorce. Certainly these judges don't impose their religion on parties getting divorced, do they?

* And you may not know why....

Posted by Marie at November 5, 2013 8:39 PM