The President's home state of Illinois could redefine marriage next week. LGBT activists are pushing a gay marriage bill but not without a challenge.
Illinois already recognizes civil unions. However, supporters of the same-sex marriage bill are finding major pushback from the African-American Caucus in the House. The bill has been stalled there since the state senate passed it in February.
CBN News spoke with Bishop Lance Davis on Friday. He's the spokesman for the Chicago based African-American Clergy Coalition. Many believe the organization's work has made the difference on this issue.
"The LGBT community needs to know that we've drawn a line in the sand. We're saying enough is enough. We believe they have the rights that they were asking for through civil unions," Davis said.
The deadline for the House to take action on the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act" is May 31. It will allow all couples, regardless of their gender, to marry. If the deadline is not met the bill's passage would be delayed for months.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said if it's approved he will sign the gay marriage bill into law.