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Coalition to Protect Children & Marriage
12/18/2012 3:45:00 PM
By pcaprio1@yahoo.com -Press Release

Coalition Founded to Oppose Same-Sex Marriage Bill in Illinois

(Chicago) Illinois Pro-family organizations today formed an extensive grassroots coalition to oppose legislation pending in Springfield that would legalize same-sex marriage. The grassroots coalition is called the Coalition to Protect Children and Marriage.

Paul Caprio, Director of Family-Pac, said, "Traditional marriage, between one man and one woman, our existing state law, developed and survived for thousands of years because it is the best familial arrangement for the protection of children and, therefore, for the future continuation of society."

Said David Smith, Director of the Illinois Family Institute, "Government did not create marriage. It merely recognizes and promotes this type of relationship that exists and which protects the rights and serves the best interests of children and, therefore, of society. Research has consistently demonstrated that children fare best when raised, whenever possible, by their biological parents. The state has a vested interest in promoting this institution because it provides the ideal environment in which to raise the next generation of healthy and productive members of society."

Said Penny Pullen, former state legislator and President of Eagle Forum of Illinois, "As foundational as the family is to our society and especially to the well-being of children, it would be both wrong and dangerous for our state to interfere with the family for the sake of a social experiment whose results we cannot know for decades. The risk to future generations is too high to take this chance."

Mary Anne Hackett, President of Catholic Citizens of Illinois stated, "Only a marriage of heterosexual persons can produce children and secure the future of society. The protection of the lives and development of children must take priority over the personal gratification of even one single adult. The definition of natural marriage must be between one man and one woman, unchanged by whims and claims of equality."

Caprio emphasized that Coalition members will engage in grassroots lobbying on this issue through their own organizations, but that the Coalition will make public statements regarding its opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage.

The members of the Coalition to Protect Children and Marriage include*:

David Smith, Director, Illinois Family-Institute, desmith@illinoisfamily.org

Penny Pullen, President, Eagle Forum of Illinois, prolifepenny@yahoo.com

Mary Anne Hackett, President, Catholic Citizens of Illinois, mah348@att.net

Peter Breen, Thomas More Society, pbreen@thomasmoresociety.org

Scott Phelps, Abstinence and Marriage Partnership, Scott@abstinenceandmarriage.com

Ralph Rivera, Illinois Citizens for Life PAC, ralphriveracr@sbcglobal.net

Bonnie Quirke, Lake County Right to Life, bonnieIFRL@aol.com

Rev. Robert Vanden Bosch, Concerned Christian Americans, revbob@concernedchristianamericans.com

Paul Caprio, Director, Family-Pac, pcaprio1@yahoo.com

*Additional members of the committee will be released to the media

Coalition to Protect Children & Marriage

414 North Orleans Plaza- Suite 320- Chicago, IL 60654- 312-670-4238- e-mail: pcaprio1@yahoo.com

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