From the Associated Press:
Obama praised the Illinois Legislature — where he once served as a state lawmaker — saying in a statement that the matter was conducted in a way that would recognize the importance of a "commitment to religious freedom."
However, opponents — including some of the most powerful religious leaders in Illinois — have said marriage should remain between a man and a woman. A group of Chicago-area pastors vowed to line up primary challengers against some lawmakers who voted yes.
For months, the leaders of several black mega-churches lobbied the districts of black House members with an aggressive robocall campaign against gay marriage, placing the Democratic members of the [black] caucus in an uncomfortable spotlight. [...]
The African American Clergy Coalition praised those who voted against the measure.
"We will always believe that marriage is between one man and one woman," said Bishop Larry Trotter of the coalition. "Yet we will still love the members of the LGBT community."