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Illinois Religious Leaders Sign Letter Opposing Same-Sex Marriage

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File photo of a Bishop holding a cross while leading mass. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a Bishop holding a cross while leading mass. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) - Religious leaders from across Illinois have sent a letter to state lawmakers, urging the preservation of traditional marriage.

Pastoral leaders representing more than 1,700 faith communities – parishes, churches, congregations and mosques – have signed onto the letter.

“There really was unanimity between us as far as this being a concern for each of our faith-based organizations,” Rev. Timothy Scharr, president of the Southern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church said.

Scharr says marriage between one man and one woman is the way God intended it to be.

“We see this based in natural law and going back to, I guess, the way God created us in the very beginning,” he said.

Other signers of the letter include Belleville and Springfield Bishops Edward Braxton and Thomas Paprocki. As for what the letter intends, Scharr explains:

“Basically, to continue to let marriage be defined as one man and one woman, the traditional family values God created us to believe in the beginning. We’d like to see that. Even though it’s not as common knowledge as it once was in our country, it’s still the best environment for raising a family, raising children.”

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