CBS Chicago
January 8, 2013

A coalition of West Side ministers was urging state lawmakers to reject legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois, but at least one lawmaker said the ministers’ threat of political backlash against lawmakers who vote for gay marriage was nothing but an “empty threat.” WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports Rev. Joseph Kyles, pastor of The Promise Church of Chicago, said the idea of gay marriage is a moral issue, not a civil rights issue. “There is no way you can tell me that people in Mississippi who were chased down by dogs, who were sprayed with fire hoses, who were hung from trees, have the same passion for two men to be married, or two women. You cannot tell me that,” he said. Rev. Leon Miller said he loves sinners but hates sin; loves gays but totally opposes gay marriage. “That is abomination before God. Another thing to realize is that we think about, as reading the word of God, Sodom and Gomorrah. We don’t want a Sodom and Gomorrah. God is going to get sick of this.”