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represent voters in the Stateline region from
Representative John Cabello (R - 68th District) cites his faith as a Roman Catholic as part of his reasoning for saying no to the bill.
"I'm afraid that this bill may have some things tied to it, where some of the amendments are going to force churches to perform some of these marriages that go against their own doctrines," said Cabello.
"I have no issue with same-sex couples getting together, having their unions, but I simply don't believe it should be called marriage," said Sacia.
Rochelle's representative, Tom Demmer (R - 90th District), says it's tradition that marriage has simple always been between a man and a woman.
"I think that marriage predates government itself and I don't feel that it's our place to change that now," said Demmer.
Representative Joe Sosnowski (R - 69th District) released this statement today regarding his stance on the proposed gay marriage bill:
"I believe that the definition of marriage is between one man and one woman, and I do not support any change to that definition. Our legislative time should be spent fixing our horrible budget and creating opportunities for people to work and support their families."
Not even party lines will sway Stateline legislators. Democrat, Representative Chuck Jefferson (D -
67th District), says he was brought up believing that marriage is to
be between a male and female. However
"My constituents, on a daily basis, have called in saying that
this is something that they do not support and as a result of that, they've
helped me make up my mind," said
Similarly, Bob Pritchard (R - 70th District) says he
too has been listening to his constituents and he as well will say no to gay
marriage. Pritchard says he supports the
idea of equal rights for all, a claim the pro-gay marriage movement says
"If there's a problem with that bill [the civil union bill], that there aren't benefits accruing to the spouse of same-sex couples, than I think we ought to look at that," said Pritchard.