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In Illinois’ next legislative session, gay marriage will take center stage and both advocates and opponents are getting their political arguments ready.

Many African-American ministers have opposed gay marriage, but a new group of ministers have came forward in their support for gay marriage, according to ABC7 in Chicago.

Nine black ministers came together on Thursday to publicly announce their support for gay marriage and to encourage the legislature to pass a same sex marriage bill, otherwise known as the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.

“Legislating how fast I drive, taxes, where I park is understandable but telling me I cannot marry is simply unfair,” Rev. Dawnn Brumfield, Urban Village Church told ABC7.

Supporters of the legislation did not call for a vote during the last session since the bill was a few votes short of the number required for passage, both sides have been working to move African-American legislators to their side.