LGBT Activists in Chicago to Protest House Speaker Michael Madigan Over Gay Marriage Shortfall
Finger-pointing over a failed push to pass equal marriage in Illinois this spring has been abundant since May’s end, and LGBT activists are now eying the House’s top Democrat.
Activists will protest outside Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s district office Saturday, June 15, citing what they say was a failure to prioritize equal marriage this year.
The decision to target Madigan was made at a community meeting held in Uptown June 11. More than 50 people attending the gathering, held at the Peoples Church of Chicago. No elected officials attended.
The meeting marked the first public forum held since Rep. Greg Harris, chief sponsor of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Act, announced that the bill lacked the votes needed to pass before spring session ended May 31. Some criticized Harris over the call to postpone a vote, stating that they wanted lawmakers forced on-record with a vote.
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