Supporters of gay marriage in Illinois vow to keep pushing bill despite delay

The bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois is now delayed until the Fall at the earliest.

The Spring legislative session ended last Friday and a vote on the measure did not happen.

In the city’s Lakeview Community supporters used the groundbreaking of a new LGBTQ-Friendly Senior Housing Development to continue their push for equality.

A crowd cheered as a bulldozer began tearing down a vacant police station to make room for the new Heartland Housing and Center on North Halsted near Addison.

The center will be one of the first in the nation meeting the needs of the LGBTQ community.

“The fact that government recognizes that LGBT issues and seniors living in the community, staying in the community, less isolation, more integrated, I’m just ecstatic,” said 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney.

Breaking ground on the Heartland Housing and Center is significant for the community since legislators in Springfield failed to pass a same-sex marriage bill last week.

Some opponents of the bill come from black churches who say politicians had better think twice before voting in favor of the bill.

“In our community nobody gets in public office without the church and nobody remains without the church,” said Bishop Larry Trotter.  “I think that most of those legislators have come to grips with the fact we represent the people back home, and the people back home are against this bill.”

“Last week in Springfield was a disappointment,” said Heartland Alliance President Sid Mohn,  “today is an encouragement to say that things can be done that prove this state and this city are inclusive of the rights and the needs of its LGBT residents.”

The project is expected to be completed next Spring.

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