Illinois legalizes same-sex marriage, with governor Pat Quinn signing the legislation into law on Wednesday. The law will go into effect on June 1, 2014. Hawaii’s legislature has also passed a similar measure and its governor signed it into law on Wednesday too. So the two of them become the 15th and 16th states to legalize such marriages. Since both laws were signed on the same day but Hawaii’s law takes effect on December 2, 2013, it may be listed as the 15th state and Illinois as the 16th.
Of course, both occasions were greeted with protests by religious people who feel that their religious freedom is being infringed upon because the laws did not take into account their weird fears, which as usual took the form of “Will no one consider the children?”
One person wrote:
“We’ve seen how marriage redefinition leads to those who believe in traditional marriage being punished, labeled ‘bigots’ and ‘haters’ in the public square, and forced to be silent about their deeply held beliefs or face repercussions. And their children? They’re taught in schools that the values planted in them at home are bigoted and outdated, the equivalent of racism!” Brian Brown wrote in a blog post.
Another person said:
“Is a kindergarten teacher going to be forced, even though she is an evangelical Christian, to teach children that same sex relationships are the same as opposite sex marriages?” Breen said. “My great fear is that by taking away the maleness and femaleness we’re going to lose that message that moms and dads together are important for raising children.”
But the award for the most over-the-top response has to go to Thomas John Paprocki, the bishop of Springfield, Illinois who actually conducted an exorcism to undo the work of the demonic powers that led the people of his state into this abomination.
Before a mostly full cathedral, the head of the capital city’s Roman Catholic flock looked both to the heavens and to Gov. Pat Quinn’s bill-signing ceremony for same-sex marriage Wednesday and uttered three words in Latin: “I exorcise you.”
In justifying the exorcism service, which started a half hour after Quinn’s bill-signing ceremony, Paprocki said, “God is asking me to speak out and give these prayers.” The bishop also insisted the church embraces chaste gays and lesbians, even while abhorring same-sex marriage.
I have to say that I heartily approve of this exorcism and hope that more catholic clergy follow Paprocki’s example and that exorcisms are held everywhere. By linking opposition to same-sex marriage to one of the most laughable but ancient practices of the church, the bishop is cementing the idea that opposition to same-sex marriage is a medieval attitude that has no place in the modern world.