Supporter of marriage equality stand outside the Statehouse Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 to demand to pass the bill that would allow same sex couples to marry in Illinois. | Jessica Koscielniak / Chicago Sun-Times
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Updated: October 22, 2013 7:26PM
SPRINGFIELD-Saying it’s “criminal” gays and lesbians can’t marry in Illinois, thousands of gay-rights supporters braved a steady rain at the Capitol Tuesday to prod the House to pass stalled same-sex marriage legislation but faced harsh pushback from a top Catholic leader and saw no legislative movement for their efforts.
“This is the opportunity to send a message to our whole country that marriage equality’s time has come,” Gov. Pat Quinn said on a day of political speeches, music and marches by gay and lesbian couples, who came by the busload to the state’s historic seat of government.