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The Illinois Senate on Feb. 14, 2013 approved redefinition of marriage legislation by a 34-21 vote. Click on the photo to start the video of the Senate debate. Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago, severely criticizes the Catholic Church at the 36-minute mark.
Rhode Island lawmakers are also currently debating redefinition of marriage legislation. Although the measure has passed the House, its chances for approval are not considered a slam dunk in the Senate.
Watch and listen to this video of Rhode Island Rep. Arthur Corvese, D-North Providence, as he eloquently speaks in favor of preserving marriage. Corvese also serves as a deputy majority leader.
Need a guide on answering the tough questions on redefinition of marriage? In "Getting the Marriage Conversation Right: A Guide for Effective Dialogue," author William B. May offers readers a perspective that focuses on the rights of children, since marriage is the only institution that unites children with their moms and dads, as well as being recognized by every culture, society and religion.
May's book also includes a section of Frequently Asked Questions that gets to the heart of the debate on redefinition of marriage.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield testifies against redefinition of marriage legislation before the Illinois Senate Executive Committee on Jan. 3, 2013. You can read his testimony here.