An article posted on DNAinfo.com highlights how African-American leaders throughout Illinois have leveraged their support for the bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. Community, business and religious leaders joined politicians in writing a letter of support to the Illinois General Assembly stating:
"We remember that, not long ago, some states defined marriage as limited to people of the same race," it stated. "We were told marriage between people of different races was 'unnatural' and that society would be eroded if marriage changed. The truth is, marriage has evolved throughout history to reflect the needs and progress of society."