CHICAGO (CBS) — Gay rights activists seeking the right to marry staged a protest and rally outside of a North Side office of state representative Greg Harris. WBBM’s Bob Roberts was there.

Harris is openly gay and a sponsor of the bill, but the activists say he has been virtually invisible in recent weeks.

Activist Andy Thayer says Harris should be arguing more forcefully to Speaker Michael Madigan for a vote on the floor of the Illinois House.

Thayer says Madigan has no excuse.

“And he has used that power for any number of odious measures to benefit the fat cats and the politically connected. He can use that same power to pass something that is truly popularly supported around the state and he has failed thus far to do it,” said Thayer.

The activists say that if Madigan won’t call the bill or it goes on to defeat, Harris should resign his seat in protest.