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Illinois Clergy Push For Gay Marriage Legalization

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A group of clergy members is pushing to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.

Illinois CLergy Push For Gay Marriage

More than 200 pastors and rabbis released an open letter calling for lawmakers to approve legislation allowing gay marriage.

They say it is a matter of equality, conscience and justice. The group plans to send the letter to state lawmakers.

"Yesterday was a milestone in the discussion because religious leaders from across Illinois from a wide array of faiths came together today saying there is no reason why gay and lesbian couples in loving committed relationships should not be afforded the freedom to marry," said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.

State Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago) and State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) say they will call for a vote on the bill when lawmakers gather in January.

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