Faith groups oppose gay marriage in Illinois

Faith groups oppose gay marriage in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD, IL - JANUARY 26: House Prosecutor David Ellis speaks during the impeachment trial for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich January 26, 2009 at the Illinois State Senate Chambers in Springfield, Illinois. Gov. Blagojevich refused to participate in the trial, and has instead chosen to make television appearances in New York City. (Photo by Whitney Curtis /Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** David Ellis

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Members of Illinois religious groups—from Catholic to Muslim—have sent every state lawmaker a letter calling gay marriage “dangerous” to religious freedom.

The letter sent Wednesday is signed or supported by leaders of more than 1,700 churches, congregations and faith groups. It was given to The Associated Press in advance.

A legislative proposal to grant same-sex marriage could come before a Senate committee on Wednesday night.

Proponents say it would legalize civil marriage. Religious organizations would not have to recognize them.

But the letter says religious freedom extends beyond the house of worship. A law would “compel” faith groups to treat same-sex unions as the equivalent of traditional marriage.

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