Sacraments Vs. State Marriage Licenses


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by Terry Mattingly

Father Patrick Henry Reardon’s note to his flock at Chicago’s All Saints Orthodox Church was short and simple — yet a sign of how complicated life is becoming for traditional religious believers.

“Because the State of Illinois, through its legislature and governor’s office, has now re-defined marriage, marriage licenses issued by agencies of the State of Illinois will no longer be required (or signed) for weddings here at All Saints in Chicago,” he wrote in the parish newsletter.

 The key words were “or signed.” The veteran priest was convinced that he faced a collision between an ancient sacrament and new political realities that define a civil contract. His goal, he said, was not to “put my people in a tough spot,” but to stress that believers now face complications when they get married — period.

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