Opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage are gearing up for another push in the Illinois Legislature.
Supporters are planning a march and rally in Springfield on Tuesday, the first day of the Legislature’s fall session. Gov. Pat Quinn and other lawmakers who support legislation legalizing same-sex marriage are expected to participate. The rally, which organizers expect will draw about 4,000 people, will be centered at 2nd Street at Capitol Avenue.
“From noon to 1 there’s a concert. We have musicians and choral groups from across the state that are performing,” says spokeswoman Tracy Baim. “From 1 to 2:30 there are speakers, starting with Senator (Dick) Durbin and Governor (Pat) Quinn. Then we have a whole range of grassroots and union and religious speakers.”
The march itself will take place around the Capitol building from about 2:30 to 3:30. Traffic will be diverted around the Capitol for most of the day.
Opponents have scheduled a prayer rally at the Capitol on Wednesday.
The Illinois Senate approved the legislation in February. The spring session ended without a House vote.