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Article posted: 5/13/2013 6:52 PM

Black churches at center of gay marriage debate

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The Rev. Phyllis Pennese, the openly gay pastor of the Pillar of Love church in Summit, speaks at an news conference last month accompanied by several other clergy members endorsing same-sex marriage.

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Former state Sen. James Meeks, pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, opposes gay marriage.

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    • The Rev. Phyllis Pennese, the openly gay pastor of the Pillar of Love church in Summit, speaks at an news conference last month accompanied by several other clergy members endorsing same-sex marriage.
    • Former state Sen. James Meeks, pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, opposes gay marriage.
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