Over 1,000 gay rights supporters rallied at the Capitol in Springfield Tuesday.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
SPRINGFIELD — Saying it’s “criminal” gays and lesbians can’t marry in Illinois, more than 1,000 gay-rights supporters braved a steady rain at the Capitol Tuesday to push stalled same-sex marriage legislation — but faced a harsh backlash from a top Catholic leader.
And by the end of the day, the demonstrators saw no legislative movement for their efforts.
“This is the opportunity to send a message to our whole country that marriage equality’s time has come,” Gov. Pat Quinn said on a day of political speeches, music and marches by sign-waving gay and lesbian couples, who came by the busload to the state’s historic seat of government.
Focusing the spotlight on the Illinois House, Quinn was joined by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, Secretary of State Jesse White, Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and the bill’s chief House sponsor, state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago).
“It is about time that the Illinois House of Representatives passes marriage equality,” said the three-term attorney general, whose father, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), chose not to appear with the other politicians urging passage of Harris’ bill, though the speaker has said he supports it.
Throughout the day Tuesday, activists rallied, marched and met face-to-face with House members. Later in the day, a trio of Roman Catholic gay-rights activists — greatly outnumbered by police — silently prayed the rosary in support of Harris’ legislation at Springfield’s largest Catholic cathedral.