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Same-sex marriage advocates tell Springfield: ‘Call the bill!’

Supporter marriage equality stoutside Statehouse Tuesday Oct. 22 2013 dempass bill thwould allow same sex couples marry Illinois.

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.

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