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Chicago clergy group endorses same-sex marriage

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:25:43 CDT
By: AP

A group of black Chicago area clergy members say they're supporting same-sex marriage not as a religious issue, but because it's a matter of equality. Legislation allowing same sex couples to marry faces tough prospects in the Illinois House. Speaker Michael Madigan has estimated it's a dozen votes short. The pastors say they're reaching out to lawmakers. The group includes the Rev. Carlton Pearson, who was once a leading Pentecostal minister until he began teaching that everyone goes to heaven, including gays. The move angered many. He says it's a risk when clergy members support gay marriage because of potential backlash, but feels it's the right thing to do. Meanwhile, another group of black pastors is opposing the bill. They include former state senator, the Rev. James Meeks.

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