SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Pastors and other concerned Christians are being encouraged to go to the Illinois State Capitol Thursday to sit in the gallery during the Senate’s vote on the “Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.” If passed, the act would make same-sex marriage legal in Illinois.
Leaders of Christian groups believe the presence of so many Christians opposed to the legislation could influence senators who are still “on the fence.”
Christian leaders throughout the state are concerned that this will not only legalize same-sex marriage, but also infringe upon the religious liberty of all Christians in Illinois. If the act passes the Senate, it will go to House where it would be expected to be voted on in the next few weeks.
Last month, Illinois Baptist State Association Executive Director Nate Adams wrote a letter to all members of the Illinois General Assembly citing Illinois Baptists’ ongoing support of traditional marriage, most recently in passage of “The Resolution on Reaffirmation of the Defense of Marriage Act” at the 2011 IBSA Annual Meeting in O’Fallon. A full version of the letter is available here, or click here to read the resolution.
Today’s Senate session began at noon, and Thursday’s schedule has yet to be released. Check the Illinois General Assembly’s website, http://www.ilga.gov/, this evening for Thursday’s session start time..