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Black ministers robocall against same-sex marriage in Illinois

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

CHICAGO — A coalition of Chicago-area black clergy have started “robocalls” in opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the African-American Clergy Coalition launched another round of calls on Monday.

James Meeks

The 40-second messages feature the voice of former state Sen. James Meeks, who is senior pastor of Chicago’s Salem Baptist Church.

In the message Meeks says in his view “same-sex marriage should not be the law of the state of Illinois.”

Last month, the group began airing 60-second commercials on black-oriented radio stations and also plans a “street campaign” to supplement the telephone campaign.

The state Senate has already approved legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry. It awaits a floor vote in the House, where Speaker Michael Madigan has said passing it will be “very difficult.”

Last week, the leader of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus signed on to co-sponsor the measure to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

Rep. Ken Dunkin, the head of the 30-member group, announced his support for the legislation, and said gay families living in his district are waiting for the state to treat them with the respect and dignity they deserve.

Gov. Pat Quinn supports the bill and said he would sign it into law if passed by the legislature.

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24 more reader comments:

  1. Robo calls should be outlawed!

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:37am
  2. The Illinois LGBTQ community should follow-suit and ROBOCALL! Marriage is a governmental issue and should never be allowed in the hands of RELIGION! This is BS!

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:39am
  3. Shouldn’t the headline be: Black Ministers robocall in support of Bigotry.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:40am
  4. News flash: IL law isn’t predicated on this man’s specific religious views. At all. Period.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:42am
  5. it is people like this that make me sick .shame they can not make this a crime of some sort

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:43am
  6. I they really cared, they’d pick up the phone and call.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:43am
  7. Boooooo on you. LGBTQ community will win this. Love kicks hate in the butt.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:44am
  8. The worst kind of bigotry evinced by those who should be MOST opposed to it.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:44am
  9. It’s amazing to me that 100 years ago they were “niggers” with no rights that have fought through and thrived to become equal. Now they want to ban equality. I say take the black ministers rights back and drop them off in the early 1900′s and see if they still feel the same way. Also if they want to use their “church” for political purposes take away their tax exempt status. Also charge them with hate crimes and harrassment for their stance against equality and hate speech crimes.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:46am
  10. Ignorant Bigots!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:47am
  11. Marriage Equality is overdue. 2013 is time to move forward.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:48am
  12. Figures

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:49am
  13. ??? I’m confused, shouldn’t these guys be the last people to support discrimination?

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:50am
  14. Good thing they didn’t have robo-calls in 1860 to 1978…. he would have been surprised how many people of color would have been “anonymously” hated against. Only pussyfoots don’t take a real stand!

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:51am
  15. I’m not worried. They too will be in the minority. . .

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 10:57am
  16. Of course he’s, hes black. The once oppressed become the oppressors.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:04am
  17. More like “Black Ministers robocall in support of discrimination” as if that don’t beat all…lol.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:08am
  18. To my IL sisters & brothers, do not give up. Fight on until you win. Discrimination in any form (religious or sexual orientation) is unacceptable.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:18am
  19. robocall? What are you, a machine with no heart? Must be, to do this!

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:18am
  20. Tax these “politicians”!

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 12:03pm
  21. The article states that the Speaker of the House thinks that passing same-sex marriage in my state may be difficult…thanks to people like them.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 1:55pm
  22. They try to keep gay people’s civil rights away and push their made up religion on others. Republican’s are trying to take away woman’s civil rights away. When do we start taking blacks civil rights away. Before WWII the Jews said this about Hitler and no one did a thing. Then it was the Polish and no one did thing. Where do we put our foot down. Oppression has to stop. When one group of people is oppressed we all are oppressed.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 2:27pm
  23. tite to start sending the tax bills out to churches that refuse to keep their noses in the church and nothing else

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 3:01pm
  24. If you’re this interested in politics, you’re not a church. Especially interested in taking away the rights of others that in no way affect you at all! Am I going to try to get married in your church? Hell no. I wouldn’t set foot in it for any reason.

    Posted on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 3:33pm