Sullivan takes heat from Catholic bishop
State Rep. Ed Sullivan is on the receiving end of a stern statement from the Catholic bishop that serves where he lives after the Mundelein Republican declared his support for same-sex marriage.
From Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago George J. Rassas:
(Same-sex marriage legislation) proposes to legally alter an institution that has been the bedrock of human society for much longer than our state has been in existence. This bill would declare that gender and gender differences play no unique role in marriage and the family and thereby undermine the norms that have defined marriage (i.e. gender, procreation) throughout human history and that are essential for healthy families and the common good of society.
There can be no doubt that this issue of marriage and sexuality are controversial and sensitive. We must be careful to respect all of our neighbors and ensure that none are being unjustly discriminated against. However, that safeguard does not rationalize the redefinition of marriage and the family. It is simply wrong to say otherwise.
Sullivan, who is Catholic, told us yesterday that he knew political blow-back was coming. After all, Illinois GOP Chair Pat Brady of St. Charles has faced possible ouster over taking the same stance.
Same-sex marriage legislation is sitting in the Illinois House and awaiting a vote that everyone agrees would be very close - if it even happens this year.
And when every vote matters on a hot-button issue, every announcement like this comes with extra controversy.