Protesters rally against same-sex marriage bill in Springfield

By WEEK Producer

October 23, 2013 Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 6:56 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The second day of the fall veto session brought another huge rally to the state capitol building.

Unlike Tuesday’s rally, much of the protest against Senate Bill 10 took place inside a packed Rotunda at the capitol building in Springfield Wednesday morning.

"We don't want the moral fiber of America to go down wasted because we've gone against the will, plan and word of God,” said Bishop Larry Trotter, Sweet Holy Spirit Church. “We want to send a message today that we've come to Springfield, we want to stand for that which is right."

In February, the Illinois Senate approved the Religious Freedom and Marriage Bill but it is stalled in the House because leaders said there was not enough support. Republican State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard called the bill unconstitutional.

"We have a job as state legislators to promote the family and every child in this state, I believe, deserves a mom and a dad,” Dillard said.

Speaking at a building dedication in Peoria, Bishop Daniel Jenky said the bill had negative ramifications on families.

"My faith tradition believes marriage was not instituted by the state of Illinois, but by almighty God, and that there is a civil union law in Illinois but we do believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Jenky said.

The House has canceled its veto session for Thursday. It is unclear when they will vote on the same-sex marriage bill.

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