It's being reported that the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) today announced its endorsement of the re-definition of marriage and its support of SB10 - the gay marriage bill currently in the Illinois House.
“As owners of small and large businesses, our members know the importance of treating all customers equally,” said IRA president Sam Toia, who believes gay marriage receptions and rehearsal dinners will generate significant revenue for his members. “As a businessman, I worry that Illinois is falling behind,” Toia said.
David Smith of the Illinois Family Institute told Illinois Review the Chicago-based IRA doesn't
respresent all the restaurants in the state. "The bill to redefine
marriage would force restaurant owners to surrender their First
Amendment right to freely exercise their faith in order to keep
their businesses," he noted. "Restaurant owners in Illinois should be
free to live, work, and operate a business according to their beliefs.
It's one of the principles on which this country was founded. People who
oppose other people's freedom of conscience really want to remove that