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Don’t redefine marriage

To the Editor:

Even in the midst of our state’s financial mess, our legislators were planning a vote to legalize same-sex marriage. Marriage is an institution created by God, not the government. The state cannot redefine it. Marriage exists not only for this generation, but for the care of the next generation.

Consider the consequences of same-sex marriage:

A study by University of Texas sociologist and professor Mark Regnerus provides compelling evidence of the social instability faced by children of same-sex marriages. It is best for children to be reared in a home with a mother and father.

Divorce is higher among gays than heterosexual couple, “even in states and cities that have both legal gay marriage and significant numbers of homosexuals – and that, when gay couples do decide to get married, they are more likely than their straight equivalents to change their minds later.“ (Charles Cooke, National Review)

Recall that in January, 2011 the Illinois Legislature legalized civil unions. This provides same-sex couples the same rights and benefits as married couples. Why do supporters now want marriage?

The family faces extreme challenges in our society. Let us not further jeopardize the future of marriage and family by allowing same-sex marriage in Illinois. Please contact your state legislator and senator regarding this issue.

Linda Burmeister

Lake in the Hills

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