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 http://www.ilga.gov/, 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 http://iB2news.org/.
Please make Tuesday’s House Executive Committee vote a matter of prayer.