Same-sex proponents demand marriage equality
Dozens gathered on Chicago’s North Side demanding action in favor of same-sex marriage in Illinois.
Same-sex marriage legislation passed the Senate on Valentine’s Day, but Springfield lawmakers failed to put the bill to a vote in the House’s last legislative session on Friday.
Protestors like Rick Garcia said lawmakers are dragging their feet when it comes to same-sex equality.
“The message is the same as it was yesterday,” Garcia said. “We’re going to stand up, we’re going to thrown our shoulders back and we’re going to make sure that there’s one set of rules, one yardstick, for every citizen in the great state of Illinois. Nothing more and nothing less and that includes marriage equality.”
Members of the LGBT community rallied for over an hour in Lakeview near the intersection of W. Roscoe and N. Halsted streets.
Some participants gave personal testimonies at the protest while others chanted for equal rights.
Meanwhile, religious groups are cheering the failure to bring the marriage equality bill for a vote.
Bishop Larry Trotter, co-chairman of the African American Clergy Coalition, released a statement applauding members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus for “showing extreme courage in their defense of traditional marriage in Illinois.”
The groups have opposed same-sex marriage, arguing that it violates the basic virtues of the Bible that a marriage is between a man and a woman.