African-American clergy speaks out against same-sex marriage

African-American clergy speaks out against same-sex marriage

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Same-sex marriage may or may not come up for a vote next week in Springfield, but some African-American ministers say black communities across Illinois are all against it.

Bishop Larry Trotter of Sweet Holy Spirit says times have changed and he tries to be open and understanding about love.

"To me there's something about being married that's so wrong for two people of the same sex," said Trotter.

However, he's taken a vow to the word of God. For Bishop Trotter and his Southside congregation and other Christians in Illinois, marriage is and will always be traditional.

"Times change, but the Bible doesn't and the Bible says marriage is between a man and a woman -- woman and man -- and not two people of the same gender," said Trotter.

"Our fight is not against people, as much as it is what we believe the Bible says."

Some African-Americans out today say that Illinois lawmakers should be able to make that decision. The Illinois Senate has already voted and passed same-sex marriage, and Governor Pat Quinn says he'll sign the bill when it reaches his desk. However, the vote hasn't hit the floor in the House.

While a large number of people we spoke with agree with Bishop Trotter and other black ministers, others say the men of God should stick with scripture and not speaking on their behalf.

"I just believe in equality for all. To actually take a stand and think that…pastors in general can represent an entire community is totally absurd," said Cheron Corbett.

"I would have to say they're not speaking on behalf of the community at all. The majority of the congregation may be lesbians or gays as well," said Christopher Corbett

If the same sex vote comes up next week in Springfield, Bishop Trotter says any elected official voting for it could be taking a big chance on being voted out of their elected seats.

"There are people waiting for them to vote the opposite of what they believe, and they're ready financially and otherwise to launch a campaign because this is important to them," said Trotter.

"I do know that this is a serious heartbeat for people who believe in the Bible and people who worship under the banner of Christianity, or even the broader of who just believe that moralistically it's just incorrect."

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