Clergy letter backs gay marriage

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – A coalition of clergy members and faith leaders has sent a letter to Illinois House members encouraging them to support gay marriage.

The letter has more than 300 signatures, and says allowing committed same-sex couples to marry is “morally just.”

The Legislature returns to Springfield this week, and supporters of gay marriage hope the House will take up the bill, which passed in the Illinois Senate Feb. 14.

A coalition of black ministers has strongly opposed gay marriage.