STATE OF THE UNION

Despite Setback, Activists Rally For Marriage Equality In Illinois

A bill to bring marriage equality to Illinois stalled in the Legislature last week, but that didn’t stop LGBT activists from holding a rally outside the Thompson Center in Springfield on Saturday.

“It’s not fair, we deserve fairness and we deserve equality in this state,” said Anthony Martinez of the Civil Rights Agenda, one of the state’s largest LGBT-rights groups.

While demonstrators held out hope the measure would be voted on and passed in the Senate before the lame-duck session ends this week, the likelihood is that any bill would have to wait until after new lawmakers are sworn in.