Chicago Churches Vow To Ban Gay Marriage-Supporting Illinois Politicians

Conservative Churches Vow To Ban Gay Marriage-Supporting Politicians In Illinois

Same-sex couplesmay soon be able to legally tie the knotin Illinois, but several conservative Christian churches aren't having it.

As WBEZ is reporting, about two dozen conservative Catholic and African-American clergymen formed a new religious coalition with the Catholic Conference of Illinois, vowing to ban Illinois lawmakers who support same-sex marriage from their Chicago-based churches.

Among those to decry the state's pending marriage equality legislation, which is currently awaiting a House vote, was Bishop Lance Davis, senior pastor at a church in Dolton.

“We want to make sure that we a send a message to our elected officials that as a collective community and a collaborative, we will not allow you to speak in our churches, you will not be invited to our church when you’re running for office because we as a community are incensed," he is quoted by the radio station as saying.

The group is reportedly planning to launch a March 8 media campaign, urging residents to contact their area lawmakers and ask them to vote against same-sex marriage.

Meanwhile, two Illinois Republicans have come under fire after speaking out in favor of same-sex marriage.

As the Associated Press reports, the state Republican Party's central committee is scheduled to meet March 9 to debate whether or not to fire chairman Pat Brady, who came out in favor of ending the state's ban on gay marriage. Meanwhile, Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) has also been heavily criticized for voting in support of allowing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples the right to wed.

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