Phelps Sponsors Constitutional Amendment Defining Marriage

February 16, 2011

HARRISBURG, IL – In an effort to protect the sanctity of marriage in Illinois, state Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) is co-sponsoring a measure that will add an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage to be between a man and a woman.

“As a legislator and devout Christian, I felt the need to support and sponsor this constitutional amendment in order to protect the sanctity of marriage in our state,” said Phelps. “Recently the institution of marriage has been under attack in our state, and opponents of traditional family values much like myself, have tried to push for their definition of marriage to be accepted as law.”

House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 10 will amend the Illinois Constitution by defining that only marriages between a man and a woman will be valid or recognized in Illinois. Currently, Illinois prohibits gay marriage, but this amendment will strengthen state law by clarifying the definition in light of the state’s newly signed civil unions law.

“In recent years, I have been a co-sponsor of constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage and outlaw civil unions just like Senate Bill 1716, which unfortunately became law earlier this month,” said Phelps. “This constitutional amendment will reinforce the values and beliefs that I feel encompass the sacred institution of marriage, and will help keep it strictly between one man and one woman here in the state of Illinois.”

For more information, contact Rep. Phelps’ constituent service office at (618) 253-4189.