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IFI: Kelly Cassidy’s Bill for Marriage Chaos in Illinois



Written By David Curtin   |   02.13.23

With the beginning of a new Illinois General Assembly, it is imperative that each of us reach out to our state lawmakers to let them know that you are paying attention to their votes and actions.

Illinois State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) has introduced H.B. 1591 in an attempt to make Illinois a destination for same-sex couples to get a government “marriage” certificate. She and her like-minded friends believe that the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, striking down state bans on same-sex “marriage.” Specifically, they fear that the majority of SCOTUS justices would overturn cases guaranteeing the rights to same-sex “marriage.” In that case, many states could opt to ban same-sex “marriage” in their state.

That is why Cassidy is repealing Statutes 217, 218, 219 in the Marriage Act – they would be the obstacle for gay couples residing in another state wanting to marry in Illinois and then going back to their state with a valid marriage license.

Rep. Cassidy would say we need to repeal 750 ILCS 5/217 because if a gay couple wants to get “married” here but live in another state that no longer recognizes their “marriage,” their “marriage” would be null and void.

Rep. Cassidy wants to repeal 750 ILCS 5/218 because currently a judge or pastor has to ask those residing in another state but getting married in Illinois to provide papers that their state doesn’t have a law against them marrying.

Rep. Cassidy wants to repeal 750 ILCS 5/219 because if a judge or pastor marries knowing they are not supposed to be marrying, liability for the judge or pastor exists. So Cassidy wants to repeal Sec. 219 so there is no liability for the judge or pastor.

PROBLEM: First, by doing this, Rep. Cassidy wants to make Illinois legal for ANY kind of marriage performed in Illinois as long as they live in another state. This bill would allow any and all marriage arrangements not specifically prohibited in our statute.

Secondly, an attorney might also argue that since these laws were repealed, then a brother and sister from Arkansas wanting to marry here would no longer be a problem even if it is specifically prohibited in Illinois. That is, the attorney would argue that this “brother-sister” Illinois prohibition only applies to Illinois citizens, not those from other states, because Sec 217, 218, and 219 were repealed.

Take ACTION: Click HERE to fill out witness slips online to oppose HB 1591. The Illinois House Judiciary-Civil Committee is set to vote on this bill on Wednesday during their meeting which begins at 9AM.

-Fill out your name, address, email and phone number. Leave everything else blank or put self.
-Highlight “Opponent” and “Record of Appearance Only.”
-Check Terms of Agreement and click Create Slip.

More ACTION:  Click HERE to email your state lawmakers today, urging them to uphold natural marriage and not to cave to the culturally destructive groups that are intent on altering society’s definition and understanding of marriage. Tell them you support God’s definition of marriage, which also happens to be the best for children, families and society. Let them know that with all of the problems we face as a state and nation, the General Assembly should not be harming the institution most essential to the social and economic well-being of society.

Tell them that it is unconscionable to be complicit in the destruction of marriage and family in Illinois. They must hear from us!

Please also pray that God would give wisdom to our state lawmakers. Pray that God would give courage to our lawmakers to do the right thing in the face of tremendous pressure to do otherwise.

Illinois Family Institute
Illinois Family Institutehttps://illinoisfamily.org/
The Illinois Family Institute (IFI) is an independent 501c(3) non-profit ministry dedicated to upholding and re-affirming marriage, family, life and liberty in Illinois. Since 1992, IFI has worked to advance public policy initiatives consistent with Judeo-Christian teachings and traditions, educating citizens so that they can better influence their local communities and the state. IFI does not participate in, or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. This post was made with a working relationship between IFI and Illinois Review.


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  1. How long must Illinoisans tolerate this insufferable oddball legislator? Every time there is awful legislation filed in Springfield, you can be sure that this woke culture warrior is the House sponsor. Cassidy is a carpetbagger who relocated from Florida to Illinois to inflict her world vision and policy preferences upon the citizenry.