CHICAGO (CBS) — Supporters of gay marriage in Illinois say now is the time for lawmakers to give it the okay, and headed to Springfield by the busload on Tuesday to deliver their message, but it remained unclear if there were enough votes in the House to send same-sex marriage legislation to the governor.
Thousands of supporters of same-sex marriage headed to Springfield early Tuesday, where they’ll hold a rally in the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol, and then march around the building. Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he’ll sign the gay marriage legislation if it’s sent to his desk, planned to join supporters during their rally and march.
Many of those supporters left for Springfield on buses from the Uptown, Lakeview, Woodlawn, and other neighborhoods around dawn Tuesday, hoping to convince lawmakers to approve legislation to allow same-sex couples to get married in Illinois.
“I’m a proud lesbian, and this is for my future, and for my community’s future, and we need to pass this already,” Debrah Goodman said before boarding a bus in Lakeview.