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posted: 1/8/2013 5:00 AM

Stable marriage relationships are key

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As full-time Jewish clergy serving in the Northwest suburbs, I firmly believe that the time has come to pass the Marriage Equality Act in Illinois, and that it will bring an overwhelmingly positive effect on our citizens for both individuals and the common good. I believe scriptural messages emphasizing that humans are created in the image of God, to do the work of God in order to live peacefully with each other, are a truer guide to the Bible's intent than the literal application of many commandments we would be loath to observe in our day.

With regard to the view that natural law is somehow opposed to the joining of committed and loving human beings to each other, I cannot accept that natural law does not support the drive to stabilize relationships, families and communities, which the Marriage Equality Act most definitely addresses. Ours is an age when population growth is no longer at risk; when orphaned and neglected children cannot find enough loving, stable homes; when the vagaries of human health risks and vulnerability to violence are mitigated largely by the love of strong family units; when the responsibilities of commitment and integrity are sorely challenged. Natural law, under these circumstances, surely must direct us to legislation that provides all citizens with equal opportunities under the law to pursue health, love, productivity and stability. As a person of faith, I strive for no less than these.

Ilana Axel

Buffalo Grove

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