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.