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A letter signed by over 250 pastors and rabbis in Illinois says they are in support of a bill to allow gay marriage that will most likely be voted on in early 2013.
The letter does state that those who signed the letter, including several those from the Unitarian, First Congregational, Methodist, Episcopal, and Lutheran church bodies as well as Jewish rabbis did so as individuals and that their signatures do not necessarily represent the views of their congregations. Notably absent from the list of faith leaders were Catholics and ministers who lead predominately black congregations.
Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, points out that opposition to homosexual marriage is not only a part of biblical teaching, but part of basic human nature as well.