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Article posted: 6/29/2013 1:44 PM

Court ruling can't redefine marriage

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In spite of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision, marriage remains the union of husband and wife, a timeless and universal institution that connects children to their mother and father. All three branches of government, state and federal, should work to preserve our historic marriage laws -- not undermine them.

Far too many people fail to understand the unique purpose and nature of marriage. It is the only relationship of interest to the government because it has the potential to produce children and is the best environment in which to raise the next generation of healthy and productive members of society.

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It is deeply troubling to consider how these two rulings will advance the homosexual political agenda, and how it will lead to more anti-religious bigotry and persecution. While conservative people of faith and moral conscience should be able to freely exercise their religious beliefs, these newly manufactured rights are increasingly being used to quash individual liberties.

Regardless of these decisions, the High Court does not have the power to change the reality that children deserve both a mom and a dad. We will continue to do all we can do to educate citizens on the importance of natural marriage for children and society.

David E. Smith, Executive Director

Illinois Family Institute

Carol Stream

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