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Gay marriage opponents to rally, lobby Illinois lawmakers

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By Belo Content KMOV By Belo Content KMOV

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Opponents of gay marriage are staging their own event in Springfield, a day after thousands of supporters rallied for the legislation.

The “Defend Marriage Lobby Day” began Wednesday with a morning prayer service outside the state Capitol. Attendees clustered around a large wooden cross that had been placed at the Lincoln statue.

Wednesday’s events include pastors from a number of prominent Chicago area churches. Opponents are trying to target moderate Republicans and socially conservative members of the House Black Caucus.

Same-sex marriage legislation passed the state Senate in February but hasn’t been called in the House. Gay marriage activists say they’re a handful of votes short.


The Legislature’s second day of its annual fall session is expected to also include a hearing on gambling.

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