To the Editor:
Equality of opportunity is a major component toward the path of economic prosperity and social parity. However, state Sen. Jim Oberweis believes that a portion of Illinois’ population should be prevented from receiving the same opportunities as other members of our community. As a Catholic, Oberweis opposes same sex marriage, but this flag of Catholicism is that of convenience for he has been divorced, which the Catholic Church also opposes.
Pat Brady, a Catholic and the head of the Illinois Republican Party, has come out in favor of the proposed Illinois legislation to legalize same sex marriage. “I was shocked,” said Sen. Oberweis, who has questioned Brady's stance on the issue. Recently, 50 Illinois business leaders agreed with Pat Brady, stating in a news release that marriage equality would strengthen the workforces of Illinois employers.
"To be competitive, a state must create an equitable, fair and respectful environment for all of its citizens," the release states.
These business leaders understand that the citizens of Illinois are diverse and that diversity creates a rainbow of social and economic opportunity. The weddings alone have the potential of bringing $72 million annually to Illinois.
While I have no expectation that Jim Oberweis would rethink his vote, I hope that other members of the Party of Lincoln will have the political courage to support same-sex marriage.
Corinne M. Pierog