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Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George, center, looks on as the U.S. bishops' gather for their annual fall assembly in Baltimore Nov. 13.
Catholic News Service photo
Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George, center, looks on as the U.S. bishops' gather for their annual fall assembly in Baltimore Nov. 13.
Cardinal Francis George told Chicago-area Catholics that the passage of a same-sex marriage law in the state would be “acting against the common good of society.”

Illinois lawmakers introduced a proposal that would make all state laws that are “applicable to marriage apply equally to marriages of same-sex and different-sex couples and their children.”

The cardinal said the bill’s title was deceptive and “ignores basic truths.”

He said the Catholic Church is not “anti-gay” because it “welcomes everyone, respects each one personally and gives to each the spiritual means necessary to convert to God’s ways and maintain friendship with Christ.”