The numbers facing Illinois Unites for Marriage activists at first seem daunting. Two million dollars needs to be raised. Four hundred thousand phone calls need to be made. And 71 legislative votes need to be gathered.
But officials from the organization, speaking at Center on Halsted July 29, outlined an ambitious strategy they hope can get SB 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, passed sometime during the House's fall veto session.
Illinois Unites was formed from a coalition of many activist organizations. Its current, reorganized initiative came after much reflection following SB 10's defeat at the end of March, said Chairman Jim Bennett.
"Many people did not feel like that they had been at the table before, or had skills or resources that we did not utilize, and we did not want to make that same mistake twice," he added. Illinois Unites will focus on building a sustainable momentum for activists and supporters, and mobilize power from outside the Statehouse in order to get the bill passed.
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