[EDITOR'S NOTE: See coverage of the Jan. 5 event at the link:
www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/More-than-100-rally-in-Chicago-for-marriage-bill-/41043.html . ]
A coalition of independent activists and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) rights groups have come together to host a rally for Illinois Marriage Equality in Chicago. The Chicago Rally for Illinois Marriage Equality will take place at the State of Illinois building, the James R. Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph Street, beginning Saturday, Jan. 5 at noon.
"It is important that all advocates of marriage equality are engaged throughout the state," said Anthony Martinez, Executive Director of The Civil Rights Agenda. "We hope that gathering folks together will energize them to action. Some legislators in Chicago are still hesitant to vote for this bill and we have to show them that the support is there for passage."
"Illinois is ready for full marriage equality," said Andrea Crain, a member of Join The Impact Chicago. "Civil unions are a second-class status and we want to send a message that all Illinois citizens must be treated equally under the law."
"We're the home state of President Obama and Land of Lincoln and our voices must be heard," said Lair Scott of Queer Fest America.
A complete list of speakers and organizational involvement at the rally will be released as soon as it is confirmed.