To the Editor:
As an opponent of same-sex marriage and a longtime supporter of state Rep. Jack Franks, I contacted him to learn why he voted in favor of the law.
Jack explained that his decision had been determined by several factors, the first of which was listening to constituents. He had held five town-hall meetings this year, sent out multiple surveys and went door-to-door over the summer to speak directly with voters. The citizens of the 63rd District were in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois.
Jack also explained that after the recent Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, denying gays and lesbians the right to marry was unequal and unfair treatment under the law. He reminded me that less than 50 years ago, interracial marriages were illegal in many states; that 70 years ago, property deeds had prohibitions on selling to blacks, Catholics, Jews and Hispanics; and that less than a century ago, women could not vote in this country.
Though I do not condone same-sex marriage or homosexual or heterosexual cohabitation before marriage, I respect the reasoning behind Jack’s vote. Nobody agrees with anybody on every issue, and I told Jack that I would have voted differently but that I will proudly continue to support him in the future.