According to the Thomas More Society, a group dedicated to the promotion and protection of religious liberty, proposed same-sex marriage legislation in Illinois omits some very important protections:
Other states that have legalized same-sex marriage have included language in the relevant bills designed to protect religious freedom. Is this omission in Illinois unintentional, an oversight, or is it, as some fear, a sign that, as the gay rights movement gains confidence, it will increase its pressure on dissenting religions and on traditional religious freedoms?
On a perhaps related note: Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School has long been at the forefront of defending religious freedom worldwide. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, Professor Cole Durham created the International Center for Law and Religion, which has been instrumental in helping to enact laws and to draft constitutional amendments intended to protect religious liberty around the world.
Such liberty should not be taken for granted. It has been hard -won, and is still being secured, in countries around the globe, often with enormous difficulty and against considerable resistance. And, perhaps surprisingly, it now seems to be under fire in the West, where it was first achieved. As Western society becomes increasingly secular, even in some cases militantly so, the forces arrayed against free expression and practice of religion became more and more vocal, and less and less shy.
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