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Church group praises ‘no’ votes on gay marriage bill, vows retribution

Members of the African American Clergy Coalition speak out against same-sex marriage. LGBTQ Nation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Chicago-area pastors who are opposed to same-sex marriage say they will stand behind Illinois lawmakers who voted against the measure.

Members of the African American Clergy Coalition speak out against same-sex marriage.

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Members of the African American Clergy Coalition speaking out against same-sex marriage earlier this year.

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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