Same-sex marriage group uses new video of historic Bud Billiken parade to show African American support

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SHARE Same-sex marriage group uses new video of historic Bud Billiken parade to show African American support

In an effort to counter the likes of Rev. James Meeks, Illinois Unites for Marriage has released a professionally-cut video showing African Americans who support gay marriage.

In the backdrop of the Bud Billiken parade, African Americans, including same-sex couples who are black, explain why they support same-sex marriage.

Though there’s no narration, the video is clearly a direct response to statements put forth by some African American leaders that their community opposes same-sex marriage.

Legislation legalizing same-sex marriage did not come up for a vote in the Illinois House before the General Assembly closed for business in the Spring. The state Senate already approved the measure. Pro-gay marriage groups in Illinois continue to try to make inroads with the Black Caucus as well as Republicans — to boost their roll call numbers. Of course, they’re confronting opposition, including from religious groups who want marriage to be defined only as between a man and a woman.

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