Of the almost 30 Black legislators in the Illinois General Assembly, State Sen. James Meeks, the Chicago mayoral candidate and outspoken anti-gay mega-church pastor, was one of only two to vote NO on SB1716, the historic civil unions legislation.
"I believe in the traditional definition of marriage, between a man and a woman," says the pastor, who has called homosexuality "an evil sickness". "A vote of this much magnitude ... probably should have been put to the ballot or a referendum."
Of course. Just like other votes of this "much magnitude"—such as your right to vote, own property, get married or serve in the state senate—were put to popular referendum.
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