CHICAGO - Last week, pastors from Chicago's African-American community announced they are organizing a campaign to support traditional marriage and oppose the gay marriage bill now before the Illinois House. SB 10 has already passed the Illinois Senate. The campaign is backed by a new coalition of Cook County African-American clergymen from Baptist, Catholic, Methodist denominations as well as the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Many of these churches depend on political connections to receive state subsidies for their churches' after school programs and food pantries. They understand their political connections are endangered by making these public stands against powerful influences at the State Capitol and in political parties.