Same-sex marriage supporters take victory lap in Lake View
BY MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporter November 7, 2013 10:28PM
Updated: December 9, 2013 11:10AM
Gay-rights supporters held the equivalent of an end zone dance Thursday night in Lake View to celebrate the passage of marriage equality in Illinois.
About 100 people gathered in 39-degree weather in a parking lot at Roscoe and Halsted to listen as dance music played and speakers lauded the movement.
Some revelers focused on maintaining the gay-rights momentum.
“Next we set off a glitter bomb on Putin,” said one speaker, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his restrictive gay policy.
Others just wanted to savor the moment.
“It’s important to come out and celebrate and be happy,” said Brent Holman-Gomez, 38, a mortgage banker from Lincoln Square.
Holman-Gomez sang the song “Somewhere” from the “West Side Story” because it captured the moment: “There’s a place for us, somewhere a place for us, we’ve created it right here now.”
John Ryan, with rainbow gloves to keep his rainbow-flag-waving hands warm, smiled widely.
“I’m just so happy we finally go it together because it’s been too, too long.” said Ryan, a 59-year-old resident of Andersonville who works in advertising.
“It’s time we all get on board in getting what we want out of this country, and you can only do that by being present and getting off the couch and doing something,” he said.