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“Marriage can be colorblind but not gender blind,” said Maribel Zaragoza of Marantha Christian Church in Dover. Marriage should not be redefined “from an institution centered on the needs of children to an institution focused on the desire of adults,” she said.

Meanwhile, in Illinois, a gay-marriage bill is still awaiting a final vote in the state House of Representatives.

Illinois state officials and gay-rights groups strongly support the bill, but Catholics, traditional-values groups and the African American Clergy Coalition are opposed.

Some 20 black members in the Illinois House are viewed as swing votes, and are being heavily lobbied, according to media reports.

The spring legislative session ends May 31.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.