Clergy of different faiths support same-sex marriage in Illinois.
In fact, over 300 signed a letter asking members of the Illinois House to support The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.
And the House did, this week, by a vote of 61-54.
Of course, supporting the Act doesn’t mean clergy have to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies.
The bill passed this week does not require any religious organization or leader to “accommodate” same sex marriages.
But state law doesn’t mean much when it comes to church law.
Reverend Doctor Richard L. Tolliver is Rector at St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church in Washington Park.
“We’re given authority from a secular point of view,” said Reverend Tolliver. “But from a religious dimension we are not.”