An interfaith coalition of more than 300 faith leaders has come out in support of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. The bill would allow same-sex couples to get married. Rev. Doris Green of the Evangelical Free Baptist Church in Chicago, says no one should be denied the right to, as some in the group put it, “show their love.”
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“When I see two people tied by love, no matter the barrier between them, I believe they should have the freedom to decide that they are capable of making a lifelong commitment to each other,” Green said. Rev. Mark Winters of the First Congregational Church in Naperville says Illinois can help pave the way for other states to allow same-sex marriage. “Marriage equality here will be a powerful message to our children, that no matter what their family looks like they are all important and they are all equally valued,” Winters said. The Senate president says he hopes the bill, S.B. 10, can pass the Senate and be sent the House on Valentine’s Day. It has already passed a Senate committee.
People opposed to same-sex marriage are scheduled to protest at the Capitol Feb. 20.