Cardinal George Issues Letter on Gay Marriage

By Mary Ann Ahern and Alexandra Clark
|  Sunday, Jan 13, 2013  |  Updated 11:10 PM CDT
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Cardinal Francis George asks parishioners to contact their legislator to fight a bill that would allow gay marriage in Illinois.

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Cardinal Francis George continues to lobby against gay marriage this weekend through a letter to the Chicago Catholics that was placed in church bulletins.

"It is physically impossible for two men or two women to consummate a marriage, even when they share a deep friendship or love," the cardinal stated in the bulletin.

Earlier this month, Illinois came closer to being the tenth state to allow same-sex marriage. A Senate committee voted 8-5 during the lame-duck session in favor of a bill that would allow gay marriage. However, with key supporters absent, Senate Democrats delayed a full floor vote.

Now that the new legislators have been sworn in, it's only a matter of time before the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act appears on the floor for a vote.

George said if the Illinois General Assembly should approve gay marriage it would be "acting against the common good of society."

"When the ways of nature and nature's God conflict with civil law, society is in danger," he stated in the letter asking parishioners to contact their state legislators.

George's letter was issued the same weekend a group of 50 Illinois business leaders and organizations that included Google, Orbitz, and Groupon, as well as the CEOs of Hyatt Hotels, Navistar, Morningstar, and Johnson Publishing issued their own letter in support of gay marriage.

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