Illinois legislators approved a measure Tuesday that would make Illinois the 15th state to allow gay marriage.
But the issue was fought hard in Illinois, particularly by the African-American Clergy Coalition.
The group released rounds of robo calls objecting to same-sex marriage on religious grounds. The group has also vowed to run primary challenges against some lawmakers who voted for the law.
In a Tuesday statement, the group says those who voted against the measure are “champions in the eyes of traditional marriage.”
Proponents pushed the measure as a matter of equality and civil rights.
Fourteen other states and Washington D.C. allow same-sex marriage.
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