See how the state senators who represent portions of St. Charles voted on the Illinois Senate's same-sex marriage bill.
Saturday, February 16
By Melissa Sersland The Illinois Senate approved legislation Thursday that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Senate voted 34-21. The bill provides "equal opportunity for the same federal marriage benefits to same-sex couples that are currently awarded to other couples," according to a release from Illinois Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. Here's how our area's state senators voted: See how each member of the Illinois Senate voted. The measure will now go to the Illinois House, where the fight to pass the bill is expected to be tougher, according to the Trib. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill if it makes it to his desk.
Cardinal Francis George releases a strongly worded letter as the state legislature moves closer to a vote on gay marriage. Illinois GOP Chair Pat Brady of St. Charles supports the legislation.
As gay marriage moves closer to a vote in the Illinois General Assembly, Cardinal Francis George has released a letter attacking the notion of same sex marriage itself and urging Catholics to voice their objections. A vote could happen in the Senate as soon as today as lawmakers look to pass the legislation during the lame duck session. Illinois would become the 10th state in the country to allow same-sex marriages. In his letter, George argued that gay marriage is "against the common good" because same-sex marriages cannot be consummated and are not undertaken for the purpose of conceiving children and that government, "has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible." He qualifies his argument by writing that …