Some of the state’s top Democratic politicians joined gay marriage supporters in Springfield Tuesday for a push to legalize same-sex marriage during the legislature’s fall session.
The rally attracted a crowd of thousands that spilled out of the Capitol.
“Illinois, the Land of Lincoln, must do what is just, what is right, and pass the marriage bill,” said Equality Illinois chief executive Bernard Cherkasov.
He was joined by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Gov. Pat Quinn and the chief sponsor of the same sex marriage bill, State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) in making a push for passage of the bill.
Harris told supporters all eyes are on the Illinois House, while both Durbin and Quinn say the time is now to legalize gay marriage.
Harris, however, won’t say if he’ll call the bill for a vote during the fall session or if he has enough votes to pass it. He pulled the measure from consideration in May, likely because it lacked the 60 votes needed to pass the House. It passed the Senate in February.
The rally also featured a few musical guests, including Illinois native Steve Grand.
Grand, 23, whose song “All American Boy” has garnered 2.3 million views on YouTube, is an openly gay singer with some country undertones. He says same-sex marriage legislation will pass.
“I think it’s quite clear this is inevitable,” says Grand. “I really believe love and equality, especially in this country, has always prevailed. I very much believe that it will this time too.”
Grand doesn’t think he’s an integral part of the gay rights movement, but he says he’s been overwhelmed by the number of people who have said his music has helped them.
To listen to the full interview with Steve Grand, click play on the audio link below.