SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Members of
Illinois religious groups -- from Catholic to Muslim -- have sent every state
lawmaker a letter calling gay marriage "dangerous" to religious
The letter sent Wednesday is signed or supported by leaders of more than
1,700 churches, congregations and faith groups. It was given to The Associated
Press in advance.
A legislative proposal to grant same-sex marriage could come before the
Senate on Wednesday night.
Proponents say it would legalize civil marriage. Religious organizations
would not have to recognize them.
But the letter says religious freedom extends beyond the house of
worship. A law would "compel" faith groups to treat same-sex unions
as the equivalent of traditional marriage.