On Sunday, same-sex marriage supporters of different denominations within the faith community joined forces to support gay marriage in Illinois.
The coalition of 250 rabbis, pastors and clergy, most from Chicago, collectively endorsed a gay marriage bill.
The bill will be presented for a vote in Springfield, Ill. on or before Jan. 9, 2013. when new lawmakers are sworn into office.
“Standing on these beliefs, we think that it is morally just to grant equal opportunities and responsibilities to loving, committed same-sex couples.,” the declaration stated. “There can be no justification for the law treating people differently on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.”
More than 250 Illinois clergy — most of them in the Chicago area — have endorsed a gay marriage bill that could come up for a vote in Springfield before Jan. 9. If passed, the legislation will allow marriage between same-sex couples, and the performance of same-sex weddings within houses of worship will be a right reserved for that religious institution.
Clergy opposed to same-sex marriage consider gay relationships an abomination of the Holy scripture.