CHICAGO, IL â€“ A Community Response Rally will be held after the Illinois House votes on the state’s Equal Marriage Rights Bill regardless of the outcome.
With a vote by Illinois’s House on the state’s equal marriage rights bill expected by this Thursday, Nov. 7th, regardless of the result, there will be a community response rally at 7 P.M., Thursday at the corner of Halsted and Roscoe Streets in the heart of Chicago’s LGBT entertainment district.
“If we win, we will celebrate our long-fought victory,” said Gay Liberation Network spokesman Bob Schwartz, one of the organizers of the event.“We will also spread the message that the fight for LGBTQ rights does not end with marriage equality in Illinois.If we lose, we will not take defeat passively.Â We will take note of those who stood in the way of our achieving victory this week and promise payback for their failure to promote equality.”
“Just two weeks ago this bill was widely seen as dead in the water for this fall veto session,” said GLN co-founder Andy Thayer.“What changed?It was the people that forced this bill onto the agenda for this Fall Veto session, not the politicians and insiders.It was the explicit threat of political retribution to those in Springfield who stood in our way or only half-heartedly supported equal rights.And make no mistake, simply calling a vote will not be enough to calm our wrath. If the House Democratic caucus does not use it’s super-majority to pass this bill, we will put the failure right at their and House Speaker Mike Madigan’s doorstep.”
The Gay Liberation Network has been organizing numerous rallies, marches and pickets for equal marriage rights for over a decade, long before the issue was popular in Chicago’s LGBT community, let alone in the state at large.Thanks to on-going public events like these and other grass-roots efforts, Illinioisans now support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples by a nearly two-to-one margin.