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|March on Springfield Rally Speakers Will Highlight the Broad Coalition working for Illinois Marriage Equality|
|News Releases - General Info|
|Written by Kevin Boyer|
|Monday, 14 October 2013 12:43|
Leaders from labor, immigration, faith, women's health, business, sports and voting rights movements will join LGBT families, leaders and allies at equal marriage rally
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn will open the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality on
October 22 with a welcome. He will be followed by speakers that represent the breadth and depth of the equal marriage coalition in Illinois. All speakers will deliver a common message to Illinois legislators: A majority of Illinoisans support the freedom to marry and the time for marriage equality in Illinois is now.
LGBT organizations, families and faith leaders will be joined at the podium by national and regional coalition partners for the 90 minute rally. They include:
Families, couples and LGBT youth from groups that are part of the Illinois Unites coalition for equal marriage will also tell their personal stories to the thousands gathered for the March. The coalition, formed by Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, and The Civil Rights Agenda and almost 100 other organizations, is led by John Kohlhepp who will also speak at the rally.
A diverse group of lesbian, bisexual, gay & transgender activists and organizers will also speak including:
More than three dozen elected leaders from state and local government who support marriage equality will be introduced at the rally by Kevin Boyer and Kim Hunt, co-chairs of the March on Springfield. The full list of expected politicians will be available prior to the rally. A full list of all the speakers will also be available at http://www.marchonspringfield.
"We march on Springfield to make sure that the voices of people from all over our state are heard loud and clear," the 13 co-chairs of the March on Springfield said in a joint statement. "It is time for Illinois to treat all of its citizens equally, regardless of sexual orientation or gender, and we call on the Illinois House of Representatives to pass Senate Bill 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, during the fall veto session."
The March on Springfield rally will take place from 1 to 2:30 pm. It will be preceded by Rock The March - a free one-hour concert featuring top LGBT talent with Illinois roots. At the rally's conclusion, Illinois families will lead the attendees on a march around the State Capitol.
About the March
The March on Springfield for Marriage Equality will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, the scheduled first day of the fall veto session of the Illinois state legislature. The "March on Springfield" is part of a broad grassroots strategy to secure final passage of Senate Bill 10, the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act," already approved by the Illinois Senate. Once adopted, Illinois will become the 14th state plus the District of Columbia, to treat all of its citizens equally under state marriage laws, and all married people in Illinois will be treated equally under federal law. For more information, visit http://www.MarchOnSpringfield.
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