Activists Rally For Same Sex Marriage Outside Holy Name Cathedral

CHICAGO (CBS) — Just days after state lawmakers introduced legislation to legalize gay marriage in Illinois, Chicago’s Gay Liberation Network led a demonstration outside Holy Name Cathedral Sunday morning.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports, protesters were holding up signs accusing Francis Cardinal George, the Archbishop of Chicago, of being the city’s “arch bigot.”

“People may not like to hear that word, but when you oppose equal employment rights, equal housing rights and equal health care rights and equal marriage rights, you are by definition a bigot,” said Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports

Thayer applauded the enactment last year of legislation legalizing civil unions for same sex couples in Illinois, “but we want full marriage rights. We don’t want separate drinking fountains for our community. We want full marriage rights.”

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) this past Wednesday introduced the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, H.B. 5170, with co-sponsor Reps. Deborah Mell (D-Chicago) and Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) signing on. The bill would provide

The proposed legislation declares that “all laws of this State applicable to marriage apply equally to marriages of same-sex and different-sex couples and their children; parties to a marriage and their children, regardless of whether the marriage is of a same-sex or different-sex couple, have the same benefits, protections, and responsibilities under law.”

Gay rights activists staged the demonstration outside Holy Name to draw attention to the Catholic Church’s opposition to same sex marriages.

Across the sidewalk, Peter LaBarbera, president of the anti-gay organization Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, led a small counter protest.

“I believe most Catholics still oppose same sex marriage, but the point is Cardinal George stands up for the Catholic Church teachings; and they are trying to intimidate him by showing up on a Sunday morning with very hateful signs, calling him ‘arch bigot,’” LaBarbera said. “I think it’s pretty unseemly for people who just want to go to church have to walk through a protest, reading these signs that are accusing Cardinal George of being an ‘arch bigot.’”

LaBarbera said it’s harsh words like “bigot” that make the Gay Liberation Network seem like what they claim to oppose: hateful.

  • The real James Hamilton

    Next they will be picketing St.Peter wanting to get into heaven

    • teresa

      exactly, a bunch of narcissists.

  • The real James Hamilton

    My Southern Baptist prayers are with you Church, God Bless!

  • Joan of Arch

    This is what obamaism is doing to this country and religion,

    • Lyndia

      Joan, Obama has nothing to do with this. Why don’t you leave him out of it. Damn

  • FlexSF

    James Hamilton, you’re a bigot and your religion sucks! Looking forward to federal equality and you can’t do a god-damn thing about it.

    • Greg

      It’s sad when a person thinks he needs a Federal Government to tell him or her they are equal how totally immature, The Feds have bigger and better things to worry about.

      • Paul

        They wouldn’t be so insecure if they had Jesus

    • The real James Hamilton

      There is equality anyone can marry the opposite just as equal as anyone else, a Marriage is made in holly matrimony and no matter how much you try to perverse it you will never be granted its holly sanctity. Enjoy your civil Unions and stay away from the religious aspect. You don’t believe in God anyways but I pray that changes for you.

      • The real James Hamilton

        God will forgive you, all you have to do is turn from your sin and ask forgiveness. You will have plenty of equality, but just because a Federal Government may say something means absolutely nothing before God.

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  • juju

    @Paul, so where did you have Jesus? I am afraid to hear the answer.

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