Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-07-29
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

LGBTs march for marriage downtown
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2013-07-13

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email

      More Photos


Capitalizing on big crowds downtown for the Taste of Chicago, more than 100 LGBTs and allies marched through the loop July 13 to demand marriage equality in Illinois.

The rally and march saw thousands of spectators as it moved along Michigan Avenue, packed with shoppers and tourists.

Despite attendance of just around 120, the march, topped with rainbow flags and neon signs, stretched over an entire block.

"Out of the stores, into the streets!" demonstrators shouted.

"Civil unions aren't the same, not in rights, not in name!" they yelled.

Families and shoppers, out in large numbers during the Saturday afternoon protest, stopped to take photos and cheer.

The march started with a rally at Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue, close to a main entrance for the Taste of Chicago.

Among the speakers was Rep. Ken Dunkin, who heads the Illinois House Black Caucus, and whose district encompasses the rally starting point. Dunkin has been a major player in the ongoing saga of Illinois' marriage bill, as some have suggested the Black Caucus would not support the bill.

At the rally, Dunkin lamented the injustice he said LGBT Illinoisans face as they are denied federal rights due to lack of marriage equality in Illinois.

"I love you," an impassioned Dunkin told the crowd. "I respect you. And I'm going to fight my ass for you."

Also speaking was Pastor Jamie Frazier who asked religious people to question if they had "good religion" or religion that promoted abuse and injustice.

"The conservative right has absconded with my Jesus," Frazier said. "But I'm here to declare that all are welcome at the foot of the cross—not in spite of our differences but because of our differences. For the aspects of our identities are demonstrations of God's diversity, beauty and complexity. I don't serve a simple-minded God, so I'm tired of simple-minded religious voices."

Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda, represented Illinois Unites for Marriage, a coalition of groups pushing for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Illinois. Martinez said the coalition was moving towards a more inclusive strategy than it has employed in past months, and he asked attendees to volunteer their time and energy.

The rally was organized by a loose group of activists who assembled the This Is Not Over group in the wake of a May 31 shortfall on equal marriage. The Illinois House had been expected to vote on equal marriage before adjourning this spring, but with a predicted lack of votes to pass the bill, chief sponsor Rep. Greg Harris decided to hold off on a vote. That move prompted public outcry.

Windy City Performing Arts, comprised of Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria, performed at the rally.

The march concluded in Washington Square Park.

Also at the rally, there were t-shirts and materials for the planned March on Springfield for Marriage Equality, Oct. 22, 2013, the first day of the fall veto session. See www.facebook.com/MarchOnSpringfieldForMarriageEquality .

Video by Kate Sosin:

Rep. Ken Dunkin speaks

Windy City Performing Arts



facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Marriage equality focus of Equality Illinois corporate training session 2015-07-29
Nat'l: Pastors attend wedding; pro-LGB military act; 'Black Lives' conference 2015-07-28
Illinois justice talks marriage 'moment' 2015-07-28
Relationships & the Law Today: Immigration rights in era of marriage equality 2015-07-22
ASK LAMBDA LEGAL Marriage equality FAQs 2015-07-22
Airbnb plays key role in local lesbian couple's wedding 2015-07-21
Upcoming: Book Fair; Cannabis conference; marriage law seminar 2015-07-21
MUSIC Dave Koz on marriage equality, Stevie Nicks and his new CD 2015-07-21
Ill. Supreme Court Justice discusses marriage "moment" 2015-07-21
European court rules same-aex partnership a right 2015-07-21
Couple in Clinton video get married 2015-07-21
Wheaton College official resigns over same-sex marriage stance 2015-07-17
VIEWS The welcome challenges of marriage equality 2015-07-15
Entertainment: Marriage film; 'Million-Dollar Listing'; Ryan Reynolds 2015-07-14
World: London's 'chemsex' scene; pope's meeting; French pol weds 2015-07-14
HRC releases new map showing states with unclear non-discrimination protections 2015-07-10
Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at Freedom to Marry celebration 2015-07-10
57 Democrats to Federal Officials: Ensure licenses for same-sex couples 2015-07-09
Victory in Lambda Legal's Puerto Rico Marriage Case 2015-07-09
DoJ: Federal marriage benefits available to same-sex couples nationwide 2015-07-09
LGBT catholics call for access to marriage and ordination 2015-07-08
Kansas Governor Brownback issues anti-LGBT executive order 2015-07-08
Episcopalians vote for marriage equality 2015-07-08
World news: Ambassador talks marriage; flag flap; lesbian swimmer attacked 2015-07-07
Episcopalians OK same-sex marriage 2015-07-01
Dining news: Marriage-victory items; Fourth of July 2015-07-01
Entertainment: Celebs react to marriage news; Jeremy Renner; Spider-Man 2015-07-01
National roundup: OPM praised; Hillary's video; marriage news 2015-07-01
Website answers questions about marriage 2015-07-01
Forty years ago: Chicago's 1975 marriage protest 2015-07-01
Marine to be denied marriage license in San Saba County Texas 2015-06-30
Lambda Legal launches marriage tracker, online reporting website 2015-06-30
VA extends benefits to same-sex couples following supreme court ruling 2015-06-29
Supreme Court decision, Obergefell analyzed 2015-06-29
Protesters call attention to issues other than marriage 2015-06-28
LGBT advocacy groups issue guide after historic marriage ruling 2015-06-27
Marriage 'speak-out' takes place at Center 2015-06-26
Locals respond to marriage decision 2015-06-26
President and Vice President speak on marriage equality decision 2015-06-26
Supreme Court: State bans on marriage for same-sex couples unconstitutional 2015-06-26
 



Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.