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Harms votes NO on passage of gay-marriage legislation

State Representative Josh Harms did not waiver from his stance on same-sex marriage this week, saying his belief is that "marriage is between one man and one woman."

The Watseka Republican voted against legislation to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday (Nov. 5). Harms said "I still firmly believe that marriage is a religious institution between one man and one woman."
Senate Bill 10 passed the Illinois House with 61 votes and the Illinois Senate with 32 votes.

"I am disappointed that the state of Illinois has now redefined marriage by allowing gay couples to marry," Harms said.

In a prepared press release, Harms states "Senate Bill 10 does not protect any private citizen with religious objections; and businesses will be forced to host, cater, or otherwise serve gay weddings, even if their religion forbids it.

"Legislation is being drafted to try and institute these necessary protections to ensure that no one is forced to go against their faith. I will continue to fight for traditional marriage and the rights of those individuals and businesses that have religious objections to gay weddings."

Gov. Pat Quinn has stated he would sign the legislation, which would go into effect June 1, 2014.

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