Why he opposes same-sex marriage

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Legalizing same-sex marriage will unleash a cultural shift in Illinois, already underway in other places, by legitimizing this type of marriage. Yet there will still be people, myself included, who will firmly believe in marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman. But respect for our beliefs will deteriorate in a society where same-sex marriage is legitimized.

Photographers and bakers will be forced to provide their services to same-sex weddings against their beliefs or face punishment. Faith-based social services, like adoption agencies, will be forced to serve homosexual couples against their beliefs or close their doors.

Even schools will have to teach their students that homosexual relationships are appropriate, or face harassment as being "gay haters," and families that home school their children might not be off the hook. This should hit home with State Representative LaShawn Ford because his daughter attends a parochial school, which could be forced to violate the teachings of the church to promote homosexual marriage in its classes.

This, among other reasons, is why I went to Springfield to stand up for one man-one woman marriage at Illinois Family Institute's Defend Marriage Lobby Day.

Paul Rubio

Oak Park

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substitute from the past  

Posted: November 15th, 2013 11:13 PM

As an exercise Paul, please substitute "inter-racial" for "same-sex" in your letter. Most would argue that the analogy between the 2 letters is pretty close although possible not exact. If not exact, where does it break down? Surely there were hundreds of such letters, equally heartfelt and sincere written 50-60 years ago. Ask yourself, would your 2013 self feel good had you written one of those letters in 1950 knowing that the country hasn't in fact been torn apart by inter-racial marriage?


Posted: November 15th, 2013 8:30 PM

Paul, pls. y u hate the gays?

Larry from Oak Park  

Posted: November 10th, 2013 10:51 PM

"But respect for our beliefs will deteriorate in a society where same-sex marriage is legitimized." You realize that there are still people in this country - particularly in the South - who believe that society should treat white Americans as superior to all other races, right? Did respect for their so-called beliefs "deteriorate" when the CRA passed in 1964? By your logic, it did. You also realize that your sexuality isn't something you control, whereas your "beliefs" are, right?

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 10:59 PM

It would be interesting to learn what evidence Virginia Seuffert is relying upon that makes her confident to post, as factual, "public schools already indoctrinate kids with GLBT gospel"? What exactly are students being taught that should be viewed as harmful and is she referring to Oak Park classrooms? Is she also able to verify the accuracy of her claim that "religious freedom eroded in other countries where gender marriage is legal?

Samantha from Chicago  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 9:46 PM

Sad that you are so narrow minded I hope your can broaden your perspective , This view is so old fashioned it should not have been published


Posted: November 7th, 2013 3:23 PM

I'm just glad those laws banning interacial marriage were nullified years ago; and look how that changed the landscape. Paul; what makes this country great is our collective respect for minority viewpoints.

Religious freedom  

Posted: November 7th, 2013 10:24 AM

It's a little more complicated than you're making it sound though, OP Res 253. It depends on whether the person being refused service is part of a protected class and whether the business needs to protect a legitimate interest by trying to refuse service. But I generally agree that eventually the free market will make sentiments like Mr. Rubio's socially unacceptable to the point of whatever homophobia they have they'll keep it to themselves if they're smart.

OP Res 253 from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 7th, 2013 9:46 AM

I am highly supportive of gov't sanctioned civil unions for gay and straight couples (marriage is a covenant that should be outside the purview of the state). I do believe hat service providers views should be protected, religious or otherwise. You would not make them bake for the KKK, should a florist be sued for refusing the Pro-life rally, a banquet hall that disagrees with the Boy Scout stand be forced to hold a ceremony? Let people refuse, the market with punish and the resistance fade.

OP Resident # 545 from Oak Park  

Posted: November 7th, 2013 9:43 AM

James, please. You are free to disagree with Paul's viewpoint, but he is not hate mongering. Please elevate your thinking.


Posted: November 7th, 2013 8:17 AM

Wow I haven't seen hate mongering like this in some time. Paul, have you looked into the deep south? I would probably be much happier there.

Religious freedom  

Posted: November 7th, 2013 8:05 AM

What the folks in the traditional marriage crowd crying about their "religious freedom" either leave out or don't understand is that their privately held beliefs are protected. But their discriminatory actions based on those beliefs are not. Believe what you want--your behavior towards others cannot infringe on THEIR rights. Two way street. If someone doesn't want to bake cakes for gay weddings, they shouldn't bake cakes for anybody. Because if you bake cakes, you have to serve ALL the public.

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 7th, 2013 1:37 AM

Paul, I simply have to shake my head at you. You talk of your religion but God loves ALL his children. I am sorry you can not open your heart to those that are different from you. In your case it is a choice.

Don H from Oak Park  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 3:37 PM

Virginia, I think you're a bit misinformed. Catholic Charities is still handling adoptions. http://catholiccharities.net/services/adoption/ My wife and I were looking into adopting through them earlier this year.

Virginia Seuffert from Oak Park  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 3:27 PM

He's not lying, although not entirely accurate. Catholic Charities had to close their adoption services because they would not place with same gender couples. Gay couples have brought lawsuits all over the country when hotels, bakeries, and photographers would not work their weddings. Public schools already indoctrinate kids with the GLBT gospel So far, in the US private and religious schools are still free. Religious freedoms eroded in other countries where same gender marriage is legal.


Posted: November 6th, 2013 2:28 PM

Catholic Schools will always be free to teach their doctrine. Home schoolers will still be free to home school. Not in ANY of the 14 states and DC where same sex marriage is available, has their been ANY movement to support your statements. You, sir, are not being truthful. Lies in the name of god are still lies.

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