Illinois State Rep. Jeanne Ives is being criticized for saying that a push to legalize gay marriage in Illinois is an attempt by gay and lesbian couples to “weasel their way into acceptability.”

Ives, a freshman Republican lawmaker, made her remarks during a radio interview with the Catholic Conference of Illinois.

“I didn't go down there to talk about same-sex marriage,” Ives said. “They're trying to redefine marriage. It's a completely disordered relationship and when you have a disordered relationship, you don't ever get order out of that. So I'm more than happy to take a 'no' vote on the issue of homosexual marriage.”

“What they're trying to do is not just redefine marriage, they're trying to redefine society. They're trying to weasel their way into acceptability so that they can then start to push their agenda down into the schools, because this gives them some sort of legitimacy. And we can't allow that to happen. … It's the natural right of the child to be with both parents, either in an adoptive nature or in a biological nature. To not have a mother and a father is really a disordered state for a child to grow up in and it really makes that child an object of desire rather than the result of a matrimony.”

State Rep. Greg Harris, the openly gay Democrat sponsoring the marriage bill in the House, called Ive's comments “unfortunate.”

“I think those remarks were unfortunate,” he said. “We should be supporting families and commitment, not disparaging them.”

(Relate: Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says gay marriage bill 12 votes shy.)