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Cardinal George, African American clergy hold press conference to express opposition to redefinition of marriage legislation

Card.George Informal_07Cardinal George was joined by members of the newly formed African-American Clergy Coalition today for a press conference to state their opposition to redefinition of marriage legislation. Cardinal George spoke in his role as chairman of the Catholic Conference of Illinois.

Senate Bill 10 changes the state's legal definition of marriage from "between a man and a woman" to "between two persons." The measure has passed the Senate, and is under consideration by the House.

Click here to watch a video of all of the pastors' statements (18 minutes). Click here to watch a video of the question-and-answer segment (12 minutes).

After the press conference, Pastor James Meeks of the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago joined Cardinal George and the other pastors for a brief meeting.

Cardinal George was joined by the following clergy:

Dr. Byron Brazier, Pastor of the Apostolic Church of God

Bishop Willie James Campbell, jurisdictional bishop of the Church of God in Christ

Bishop Lance Davis, Senior Pastor of the New Zion Christian Fellowship Church of Dolton

Pastor Kenneth Giles, Senior Pastor of the Greater New Mount Olive Baptist Church

Pastor Andrew Singleton, Senior Pastor of the Victory Apostolic Church

Bishop Horace Smith, Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World

Bishop Larry Trotter, Presiding Prelate of the New Century Fellowship International