Marriage equality supporters rally in Chicago.
Marriage Equality Advocates Rally in Illinois, Look to Next Legislative Session

By Trudy Ring

Originally published on January 07 2013 4:24 PM ET

Marriage equality supporters rallied in Chicago over the weekend, looking to the upcoming Illinois legislative session for action on the issue.

More than 100 people gathered Saturday at the James R. Thompson Center, a state government building in downtown Chicago, with signs bearing such slogans as “Opposition to Legal Equality Is Bigotry” and “Call Your Legislators for Marriage Equality,” Windy City Times reports.

Several speakers addressed the crowd on the need for marriage equality. Boyd and Beth Bellinger, a lesbian couple and parents of two, told of people questioning the legitimacy of their union. “We also want our marriage to be legitimate and legal for the sake of our children,” Boyd said.

A marriage equality bill stalled last week in the legislature. It was approved by a state Senate committee, but supporters said there was not enough time to get it through the full Senate and House before the current legislative session ends tomorrow. A new legislature will be sworn in Wednesday, and the bill will have to be reintroduced. A vote may take place as early as February, the Associated Press reports. Advocates are optimistic, saying there is more support for the bill in the new group of lawmakers than in the outgoing legislature.