House Committee hearing on same-sex marriage scheduled for Feb. 26

Meredith Flynn —  February 22, 2013


The Illinois Senate voted Valentine’s Day afternoon to pass SB 10, which would legalize same-sex marriage in the state, by a vote of 34 to 21, with two voting present.

Now the bill has moved to the House where Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), the sponsor of the Same-Sex Marriage bill, will be calling SB 10, the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act”, for a vote in the House Executive Committee on Tuesday, February 26, at 3 p.m. in Room 114 of the Capitol building in Springfield.

Christian leaders throughout the state are concerned that this bill will not only legalize same-sex marriage, but also infringe upon the religious liberty of all Christians in Illinois.

Pastors and other church leaders are encouraged to attend the hearing to support those testifying against the bill and to show their disapproval of the bill through their presence. However, space will be limited, but those who cannot get into the committee room can sign a witness slip expressing their opposition to the bill.

The bill is expected to be passed by the committee and would then be ready to move to the House Floor for a vote where it must have a full majority to pass. If the House does pass the bill, Governor Quinn has stated he will sign it into law. That date for a House vote is still to be determined.

Nearly a week after the Senate vote, February 20, Illinois Baptists and other Christians brought their concerns to the Illinois House as thousands of people rallied on the steps of the Illinois Capitol in support of a traditional definition of marriage. The security lines to get inside the building were long as the opponents of same-sex marriage waited for a chance to lobby their representatives to vote no on SB 10.

To read this bill, visit, and enter SB 10 into the search box on the left.

To read more about last week’s Senate vote and this week’s rally and lobby day, visit

Please make Tuesday’s House Executive Committee vote a matter of prayer.


Meredith Flynn


Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.

One response to House Committee hearing on same-sex marriage scheduled for Feb. 26

    Alan Phillips Jr. February 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    “And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him” (Genesis 2:20 KJV).

    If homosexual unions can be approved as marriages, why does this passage of scripture precede verses 24-25 (the ones that describe the biblical definition of marriage)?

    All created beings are there for Adam to observe. Water had been created by this time, so undoubtedly, Adam could have seen his reflection in a pond or stream. He could have pointed to his reflection and said, “help mate.” No…the conclusion was that what was
    needed had yet to be divinely create and it
    was not a duplicate of himself.)