Story by 89 WLS Reporter Bill Cameron
(CHICAGO) African-American ministers are divided on the pending issue of gay marriage in Springfield, they are lobbying for and against it.
The influential Reverend James Meeks, the former state senator, is against gay marriage and says lawmakers who vote for it will lose support. But, Pastor Jacques Conway of a United Methodist Church in Maywood stood with about a dozen African-American ministers to say gay marriage is not about religion, but about civil rights.
“This is a teaching moment for our children and the next generation,” Conway said. “If we do not stress to them that all people are equal, then we are pushing the fact that it’s okay to discriminate in various forms that you feel is acceptable.”
This bill is careful not to tell churches they have to marry gay people, only that county clerks should issue marriage licenses.
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