The Illinois Family Institute’s Laurie Higgins has a novel idea — she suggests that people actually think — that is, use their reasoning abilities. For many that will be asking too much. A few excerpts:
Since the mainstream media never does their job when it comes to issues related to homosexuality, ordinary citizens must do it. The mainstream media continually ask conservative lawmakers hard questions about the legalization of same-sex marriage, while never asking hard questions that challenge the views of “progressive” lawmakers. Therefore, IFI is asking Illinoisans to do so.
IFI is urging two groups of Illinoisans to ask some hard questions of any lawmaker who will be or may be voting in favor of the legalization of “same-sex marriage”:
Here are the questions to which lawmakers must respond:
- What is marriage? What are the inherent, fundamental constituent features of marriage?
- Supporters of this bill claim that marriage has no inherent connection to gender, sexual complementarity, or reproductive potential. If marriage has no inherent connection to gender, sexual complementarity or reproductive potential, why are you limiting it to two people?
- Marriage revisionists claim that the sole defining feature of marriage is love. They claim that marriage is solely about “who loves whom.” If that’s so, why is the government involved? Does the government have a vested interest in affirming the love of those in an inherently non-reproductive type of relationship? If the government has a vested interest in legally recognizing and affirming love, then why doesn’t it recognize other loving relationships, like close platonic friendships?
- Do children have an inherent right to a mother and a father?
- Since many claim that access to marriage is a “civil right,” could you tell me what civil rights are? Is access to civil rights guaranteed to couples or to individuals?
- Are polyamorists and bisexuals denied their civil rights and are they being treated unequally since they cannot marry the persons they love?
- Since marriage revisionists assert that the prohibition of “same-sex marriage” is analogous to the prohibition of interracial marriage, could you tell me in what specific ways homosexual unions are analogous to interracial unions?
- In educating yourself on this issue that will radically alter marriage and culture, can you tell me specifically what you’ve read about marriage, including what marriage is, what the public purpose of marriage is, and how the legalization of “same-sex marriage” would affect the culture?