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On Monday this week, the Governor of Illinois signed a bill legalizing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. This means the state will now recognize such unions and Illinois civil unions will provide many (though not all) of the rights and obligations that go along with marriage.
Unsurprisingly many are still opposed, including the Catholic Church. The Illinois Catholic Conference released a written statement:
“No ideology can erase the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman.” (emphasis added)
I believe the Catholic church has the right to make whatever rules it sees for for marriages performed by Catholic clergy, and if the Catholic Church limited its certainty to those specific marriages, then who could quibble? But they didn't limit it. They applied their certainty to all marriages, regardless of who officiated, regardless of the religious beliefs or not of the couple involved.
When you claim as certain that which manifestly is not, you cast doubt on all the other certainties you lay claim to. John Tyrrell