Regardless of which side brought a bigger turnout to their respective rallies, the important number in Illinois’ same-sex marriage debate is sixty; as in, the number of Yes votes it takes to pass a bill in the Illinois House.
In the first two days of the fall veto session, there have been two rallies and two points of view â€“ and no vote. The sponsor of the same-sex marriage bill, State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), has said he will call the bill when he knows he has enough votes to pass it. He did not call the bill in the spring, and he has not called it this week.
The session resumes Nov. 5.
The Illinois Family Institute sponsored today’s rally, a day after a â€śMarch on Springfieldâ€ť to promote the bill. â€śDon’t let anyone from the media tell you that we’re on the losing side to history,â€ť said David Smith, the institute’s executive director. â€śDon’t let anyone tell you that we don’t have the support. This is black and white, Hispanic and Asian, Democrat, Republican, north and south.â€ť
The rally included a woman who said she is a former lesbian, testifying that conversion is possible. People held signs advocating that marriage is only between one man and one woman.
Police estimated the crowd at 2,500.