Pro-marriage action 'absolutely vital' in Illinois

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Conservative Illinois citizens are to converge at the state capitol later this month to take a stand against a homosexual "marriage" bill the Senate plans to vote on Thursday.

Smith, David (IFI)David Smith of the Illinois Family Institute (IFI), who will be leading the group of citizen-lobbyists to the capital, assesses the chances for passage in the Senate.

"In the Senate, it looks promising for them," Smith tells OneNewsNow. "They have the votes necessary probably to vote this bill, not foreseeing anything that might happen extraordinary."

It will take 30 votes for passage, sending the bill to the House for consideration, where prospects are not as good -- ten votes short of getting the bill to the governor.

Smith is calling on Illinois residents to show up February 20 to lobby against the measure. In the meantime, he says "it's absolutely vital" that people contact their representatives.

"If the lawmakers perceive that Illinoisans are silent or complacent about this issue, they will cave in to the relentless pressure from the homosexual lobby," the IFI spokesman warns. "The homosexual lobby is very well funded, and they are pushing very hard in Illinois" through media ads and well-paid lobbyists.

He reiterates that "if lawmakers do not hear from the people back home in their districts, many of them will cave in to this politically correct garbage."

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago, claims that churches and other houses of worship will not be obligated to solemnize "gay" unions. But Republicans remain concerned that religious organizations will be sued for shutting their doors to same-sex "weddings."

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