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
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