Over 200 Illinois Clergy Advocate Same-Sex Marriage Bill

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    Dec 24, 2012 1:39 AM GMT

    Hundreds of Illinois Clergy, many of them from the Chicago area, are throwing their support behind a same-sex marriage bill that could come up for a vote in Springfield.
    More than 200 Rabbis and pastors from denominations supporting gay rights issued a joint letter on Sunday urging lawmakers to pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Act. The bill could appear before the legislature when they convene in January.
    "We dedicate our lives to fostering faith and compassion, and we work daily to promote justice and fairness for all," the coalition stated. "Standing on these beliefs, we think that it morally just to grant equal opportunities and responsibilities to loving, committed same sex couples. There can be no justification for the law treating people differently on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity."
    Earlier this month, Rep. Greg Harris and Sen. Heather Steans said they're "within striking distance" of getting legislative approval and hope to send a bill to Gov. Pat Quinn shortly after the New Year.

    The legislation would offer same-sex couples marriage rights now only available to heterosexual couples.
    The Chicago Democrats say public opinion favoring equal rights for same-sex partners is moving rapidly. Four states voted in favor of the issue or opposed a ban on it last month.

    Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Over-200-Illinois-Clergy-Advocate-Same-Sex-Marriage-Bill-184616321.html#ixzz2FvfjH91C

    My personal opinion... ABOUT DAMN TIME! I would love to be able to get married in my home state of Illinois when this passes and I find a Husband to spend the rest of my life with.
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    Dec 24, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    This is great! I wish the same thing could happen on Florida!

    I'm glad clergy are getting behind this measure but I'm annoyed religion has so much influence here.
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    Dec 24, 2012 2:30 AM GMT
    waterloonicetop saidLand of the free and the home of the brave?

    Or christian taliban?

    Just another theocracy.

    Lol we aren't the Christian Taliban yet but the Republicans are trying to make it that way. Luckily we have the democrats to fight them.
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    Dec 24, 2012 11:10 PM GMT
    That's awesome. But in California, we also had hundreds of clergy come out in opposition to Prop. 8 in California. Didn't help much because the Sunday before, thousands of clergy were preaching against the downfall of Western civilization if I have the legal right to visit my lover in the hospital. While I acknowledge it's an important bit of symbolism, it's unlikely to move the electorate.