The push for same-sex marriage involves clergy announcing their support. “This morning I stand as a proud resident in the state of Illinois and a member of clergy who unapologetically announces my support of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act,” the Rev. Dawnn Brumfield said at a Chicago news conference organized by African American ministers who support same-sex marriage. The Rev. Charles M. Straight of Faith United Methodist Church in Dolton is urging the Illinois House to vote for it next week.
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“Today in the state of Illinois, I want to appeal to legislators to say to them we can choose to be on the right side of history,” he said. The measure passed the Illinois Senate in the winter but it was not called for a vote in the House due to lack of support. There are clergy against the issue too. Some made robo-calls in the spring to influence lawmakers. Conservative political groups are doing that now. For and against rallies are planned for next week in Springfield.