A press release from Steve Reick, the Republican opponent to State Rep. Jack Franks:
Jack Franks Votes for Gay Marriage in Illinois
Yesterday’s passage of the gay marriage bill was by a single vote.
No one who supported the bill can point to some other member and say “His/her vote decided the issue.”
Every “yes” vote was the deciding vote. That includes Jack Franks, who flipped from the position he held in the 2010 campaign.
During the floor debate, Franks said he “(couldn’t) think of a single way” that approving gay marriage would hurt his own marriage.
He couldn’t be more wrong.
Marriage, in its historical context, has always been conjugal in nature.
Removing the conjugal nature fundamentally changes the logic of human relationships.
Even now we’re seeing agitation toward allowing those in polyamorous relationships to marry.
What principled objection can Jack Franks have when the day comes that someone introduces a bill to recognize polygamous marriages in Illinois, making a claim of equal protection?
Placing the State’s imprimatur on relationships centered on adult satisfaction and romantic love by calling it marriage is the apotheosis of the “Me Generation” mentality which marched under the banner that read “If it feels good, do it.”
Jack Franks’ “yes” vote is going to affect him in ways that he can’t even contemplate.