SPRINGFIELD | Lisa Sergent
Hundreds of people rallied on the steps of the Illinois Capitol Wednesday, February 20 in support of a traditional definition of marriage. They gathered in front of the statue depicting the sixteenth President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and listened as speakers urged them stand up as Christians and to make their voices heard inside the Capitol Building. The speakers included a Chicago pastor, a former lesbian and State Representative David Reis (R-Olney).
The crowd was at the Capitol both for the rally and for an opportunity to lobby their representatives to vote no on HB 10 when it comes to a vote in the House. Altogether an estimated 4,000 people stood in lines that snaked across the sidewalks as they waited to get through security and inside the Capitol.
Last week, the Senate passed the bill which would legalize same-sex marriage, by a vote of 34-21-2. The House is expected to vote the bill as early as the next few weeks.
Several Illinois Baptists were on hand inside the Capitol. The Illinois Baptist spoke with some of them, including Pastor Don Full, Havana Southern Baptist Church. Full told the newspaper he was in attendance because, “This is important for me today simply because it’s God’s will as scripture tells us that marriage consists of one man and one woman. I’m here to support that part of my faith and the doctrine that God has established for the home.
“I reminded my church this past Sunday that evil prevails when good men and women do nothing. I found it necessary to be here to honor what God has established as far as the home.”
Pastor Alan Newman, Faith Missionary Baptist Church, Christopher, called marriage our “first institution that God created.”
Newman shared he felt it was important to be at the rally because, “It’s becoming more and more evident that if the church does not stand up and let their ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and their ‘no’ be ‘no’ we are definitely heading for more and more family meltdown.”
The rally and lobby day were sponsored by the Illinois Family Institute.