State lawmakers returning to Springfield for veto session next month can expect a large, loud greeting: a “March on Springfield” intended to persuade them to finish what they did not do last spring – approve same-sex marriage.
The Senate voted last February for a bill which was never called for a vote in the House. Scott Cross of Organizing for Action Springfield hopes October is different.
“The definition of marriage has been redefined throughout U. S. and world history. People used to have multiple wives,” Cross said. “Look at what the Pope said in the last few days: that LGBT people are valid. God loves us.”
“As an openly gay Republican,” said Springfield alderman Cory Jobe, “I think this is all about fairness. It’s just – fair. Plain and simple.” Jobe said same-sex marriage should have been legalized a long time ago, not only because, as he said, it’s fair, but also so lawmakers can turn their attention to more pressing state business.
The “March on Springfield” coincides with the first day of veto session, Oct. 22.