Same-sex proponents demand marriage equality

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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.

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      • Raytheist

        If you learn ALL the facts of the case you wouldn't be so quick to use that for an example of your position. The gay community is not asking for special treatments or special rights.

  • KCCO

    Lifestyle choice does not equal to having rights. The drunk at the local bar wants rights for driving home too. Should they all take a stand on that?

  • James

    I'm amazed this didn't pass. I'm even more amazed it didn't even make it to the floor. If the bills sponsor AT LEAST brought it to a vote, the lgbt community may have felt some ounce of justice. It shouldn't be a question, it should just be enacted. As usual, a handful of people think another group of people don't deserve equality based on a frivolous difference in lifestyle. It was the same as equal rights for women, and for blacks. It will eventually pass because religion is dying and so are all of the people who oppose it for nothing than bigots. You don't have to like it or support it, just stand in your corner and complain while history takes place.

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