The African American Clergy Coalition (AACC) is gearing up once again to defend traditional marriage here in Illinois. The AACC, along with other pro family groups in Illinois, will launch various initiatives throughout the Legislative Veto Session promoting traditional marriage.
Thousands of robo calls are expected to be released featuring Pastor James Meeks, Bishop Larry Trotter, Bishop Lance Davis and other prominent Black clergymen throughout Cook County. The calls will urge voters to remind their representatives of their stance on gay marriage, which AACC says can only become law in Illinois through the Illinois General Assembly.
The AACC also plans to continue its grassroots campaign, engaging African American communities throughout Cook County and Illinois to activate them to pressure legislators to vote "no" on gay marriage.
The AACC consist of hundreds of black clergymen throughout Cook County and beyond. The Coalition is not limited to just African American Clergymen, but other non African American Clergymen who preside over diverse congregations.
“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, saying: “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. 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, noting: “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."
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, writing: “Since marriage pre-dates any government, no government should presume to change God's definition. 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."