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Updated: February 21, 2013 6:50AM



Marriage is and has always been defined as the union between a man and a woman. This is the natural order of the world, but a minority of gay people want to redefine the world for their selfish sexual preference.

Gays complained that they did not have legal rights under the law and were given the legal right to enter into civil unions, but now they say that’s not enough.

If gay marriage becomes legal in Illinois, the freedom to decide what our children and grandchildren are taught in school will come under attack. Proponents of the normalization of homosexuality will vigorously push for even elementary school children to be taught about homosexuality via topics such as “diverse family structures” and “family diversity.”

Despite what “progressives” say, the prohibition of same-sex marriage is not equivalent to one on interracial marriage. First, homosexuality is not analogous to race. Second, bans on interracial marriage introduced criteria that were not essential to marriage. One’s race has nothing to do with the central defining feature of marriage: procreative potential.

This is where the gay-marriage agenda is going. Do not be fooled. Help stop the madness before it’s too late.

Bernadine Randle

Chicago

City retirees under assault

The latest assault on our most vulnerable citizens has begun again in earnest. With the release of the recommendations of the Chicago Retiree Healthcare Benefits Commission, it has become clear that Chicago’s public retirees have again become the scapegoat for all things that financially ail the city of Chicago.

First it was their “lavish, overly generous” pensions that were to blame for the city’s fiscal woes, and now we’re being told that it’s their health care that will ultimately bankrupt the city. Never mind that these so-called perks were part of the hiring agreement between them and the city. Retirees are now being threatened with the reduction and/or elimination of their retirement security at a time when they can least afford such changes.

Whether it’s Medicaid or welfare fraud, global market manipulation, reckless lending practices or the misuse of government funds, we are given constant examples of a system in dire need of repair. Yet it is our retirees — the ones who have completed their service, paid every cent required of them into their pensions and who worked their whole lives so they could retire with dignity and security — who are now being asked to “sacrifice” for the greater good.

It sickens me to think that this is what we have become as a city, state and country. Every American citizen needs to take notice of what’s going on. We are sending the message that it is perfectly fine to promise people something to get them to perform a job and then renege on that promise once they retire.

How dare retirees expect the benefits they were promised and earned? They have become collateral damage in our throwaway society.

Tom Ryan

President,

Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2



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