Same-sex marriage issue in IL marches on with protesters in down - – Rockford’s News Leader

Same-sex marriage issue in IL marches on with protesters in downtown Rockford

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The same-sex marriage message takes over the streets of Rockford. Nothing got done this past Illinois legislative session and supporters want Springfield to keep moving. People on both sides of the issue are trying to sway representatives' votes before lawmakers head to the Capitol again.

Protesters for and against same-sex marriage make their mark at the Zeke Giorgi building in downtown Rockford. They're getting messages across to lawmakers with offices there.

For opponents of same-sex marriage, it comes down to right and wrong. Kingdom Authority International Ministries Pastor Melvin Brown believes people have the right to love who they want, but that right could be wrong in the eyes of God.

"The Church cannot play a part in going against God's word concerning gay marriages, whether two men get married or two women get married, the word of God is totally against this." -he explains.

Pastor Ivan Schoen of Spring Creek United Church of Christ brings same-sex couples together in civil unions. He says the word of God is open to interpretation.

"I believe in equal rights and my faith teaches me that I need to care about my brothers and sisters regardless of who they are or what kind of lifestyle that they have." -he says.

Marriage equality supporters hope the issue comes up for a vote in special session June 19th. Some lawmakers think it'll be a year before a proposal is brought forward.

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