SPRINGFIELD - Thousands of calls into the state capitol are expected this week as the African American Clergy Coalition (AACC), along with other pro family groups in Illinois, activate pro-traditional marriage initiatives during the Illinois General Assembly's 2013 veto session.
In addition to robo calls, two 60 second radio ads featuring the voices and names of clergymen who are representatives of nearly one million pro-traditional marriage congregants will run on various urban AM and FM radio stations throughout the upcoming veto session. Pastor James Meeks, Bishop Larry Trotter, Bishop Lance Davis and a host of other prominent Black clergymen throughout Cook County are among effort participants.
“We are extremely happy to be joined by the Catholic Conference of Illinois, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in launching a statewide campaign rallying African-American clergymen and congregants to voice their opposition to the pending redefinition of marriage bill in the Illinois House,” says Bishop Lance Davis, senior pastor of the New Zion Christian Fellowship of Dolton and founder and CEO of Voices of Morality.
Bishop Larry Trotter, senior pastor of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago and Presiding Bishop of the New Century Fellowship Churches International, agreed.
“We stand united with our brothers and sisters of the Catholic faith and Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in our joint opposition to any deviation from traditional marriages of male and female, notwithstanding the rulings of the court systems of the land or acts of legislative bodies in support of same-sex ‘marriage,’” Trotter said. “I applaud the Catholic Conference of Illinois and Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in extending their support to us in this historic endeavor.”
Archdiocese of Chicago Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry applauded the initiative.
“We’re happy to join with other faiths as we work to preserve marriage as it is now, as it has been, and how it should always be – between one man and one woman,” Perry said.
Rev. Kirk Clayton, pastor of a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod church in the southern Illinois town of Mascoutah, echoed the sentiments of his spiritual colleagues.
“Since marriage pre-dates any government, no government should presume to change God's definition,” Clayton said. “What God therefore has defined, let not man re-define. I am pleased to stand with my friends of various faith traditions to support God's blessed plan for marriage."
On March 7th, AACC along with key members of the Catholic Conference of Illinois and representatives of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod presented to the Chicagoland media their public relations campaign designed to voice opposition to the redefinition of marriage bill pending in the Illinois House of Representatives.
The campaign was organized to focus on the African-American community in an effort to attract support and defend traditional marriage in Illinois. The AACC is unified in its opposition to the possible passage of redefinition of marriage legislation in Illinois.