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Residents Respond to Bishop Over Same-Sex Marriage

Springfield's Catholic bishop is stirring controversy with his plans for next Wednesday night.

The bishop, Thomas Paprocki, is calling it "Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism for the Sin of Same Sex Marriage."

It's scheduled to take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception right around the same time Gov. Pat Quinn signs same-sex marriage into law.

But also at that same time, there will be churches on the other side of the issue holding their own ceremonies.

"A service of prayers and blessings for those individuals," says Rev. Martin Woulfe of the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation. "The activists and the legislators who have made this
legislation possible."

That will be taking place in the church's sanctuary, after they watch a live stream of the signing.

This church has led efforts from religious leaders in favor of same-sex marriage.

But are Illinoisans as quick to embrace the idea?

"Finally, about time," says Sheri Dolan. "I think equality is a great thing."

"I think it's great," says Haily Cary. "Everybody should have the right to
get married."

"I don't have any problems against it," says Chris Perkins. "To each his own."

"If you're happy you should be happy, with whoever you want to be with," says Payton McClenning.

"I think they deserve to have some rights," says Jim Mathes. "Whether marriage is necessary or not, because I was raised Catholic, so you know,
I'm kind of on the edge."

"I'm a little uncomfortable with that lifestyle, personally," says Kathy Kenyon.

"I don't like the idea of it, to be honest with you," says Blake Mowry.

And how do they feel about the Bishop's plans for prayers and exorcism?

"No," says Sheri Dolan. "I'm sorry he feels that way."

"Some people have very, very strong beliefs," says Kathy Kenyon.

"Why should we be judging people?," says Payton McClenning. "It's not like Catholics are perfect either."

"I don't know about the evil in Illinois," says Chris Perkins. "If you think about it, it's been going on for decades."

"I don't see where the demons--" says Haily Cary. "I just don't understand."

"I don't think that's right either," says Blake Mowry.

"He's just following his faith," Jim Mathes said. "I think he's doing the right thing according to his faith."

There's also been a lawsuit filed by same-sex couples from across the state, seeking to overturn the current ban on same-sex marriage. Lawyers on both sides have agreed to stay the case until June 2, the day the new law takes effect. At that point they will declare the entire lawsuit moot.