Some Chicago-area clergy are getting vocal about same-sex marriage, including through radio ads opposing pending legislation to legalize the practice in Illinois. A new group calling itself the African American Clergy Coalition says it began airing the 60-second commercials Tuesday on black radio stations. It also plans a "street campaign" asking Cook County's black residents to call and urge their state lawmakers to vote no on the bill, and has begun "robo-calling" homes in black communities. The calls feature the voice of former state Sen. James Meeks, who also is senior pastor of Chicago's Salem Baptist Church. The state Senate has approved a measure allowing same-sex couples to marry. It awaits a House floor vote, but House Speaker Michael Madigan has said that passing it could be "very difficult."
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