* So were Springfield police officers enforcing a religious dress code yesterday, or were they just keeping the peace? Sun-Times…
Throughout the day Tuesday, activists rallied, marched and met face-to-face with House members. Later in the day, a trio of Roman Catholic gay-rights activists — greatly outnumbered by police — silently prayed the rosary in support of Harris’ legislation at Springfield’s largest Catholic cathedral.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, head of the Springfield Catholic diocese, warned earlier in the day that anyone wearing rainbow sashes — a sign of solidarity in the same-sex marriage push — would be barred entrance to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception because their defiance against church policy on marriage amounted to “blasphemy.”
The activists who showed up at a late-afternoon mass at the church were not wearing the sashes.
* Belleville News-Democrat…
Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, said people have strong opinions on both sides of the issue.
“But I do believe that it could be categorized, to a large extent, as generational,” Hoffman said. “People who are my daughter’s age believe much differently than older individuals. That’s just kind of the sense I’ve gotten from the calls I receive.”
Hoffman voted in favor of civil unions but has previously said he’s opposed to gay marriage. In an interview this week, however, he left open the possibility of voting in favor of it.
“I haven’t decided. I’m still reviewing some of the information that’s been provided by both sides. Until we see a final draft of a bill, I think it’s premature,” Hoffman said.
Um, dude, the bill was drafted months ago. It passed the Senate in February.
* SJ-R headline…
Hundreds rally at Capitol for same-sex marriage
* Sun-Times lede…
Saying it’s “criminal” gays and lesbians can’t marry in Illinois, more than 1,000 gay-rights supporters braved a steady rain at the Capitol Tuesday to push stalled same-sex marriage legislation — but faced a harsh backlash from a top Catholic leader.
* Chicago GoPride headline…
Record-breaking crowds rally in Springfield for marriage equality
* The official Secretary of State Police estimate…
“This is our hour. This is our moment,” Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn told the estimated crowd of 3,000 that had gathered under a cold rain.
* Speaker Madigan was the center of attention for some leaders who addressed the crowd…
Noticeable absent was Lisa Madigan’s father, House Speaker Michael Madigan (D), who supports the measure but has yet to call the bill in the House.
“Mike Madigan’s House failed us,” said Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network. “We have a message to Mike Madigan, pass the damn bill this fall veto session.”
Thayer continued his impassioned message, “It is time. It is time Mike Madigan!”
At one point the energized crowd started chanting, “Call the bill!”
Lambda Legal’s Jim Bennett, chair of the Illinois Unites for Marriage Coalition, continued on message, “It’s time for Speaker Madigan to show some leadership and pass this bill now.”
* But this was unbelievably stupid…
The tension was on display through the day, as some in the crowd shouted “Call the vote” while [gay marriage bill sponsor Rep. Greg Harris] spoke. Others took to the stage in the shadow of Abraham Lincoln’s statue to declare they were prepared to vote out of office lawmakers who got in the way — including Harris.
Yeah, that’ll help. Primary the most ardent gay marriage supporter in the entire Illinois General Assembly. Great.
Anybody who does that is a moron, plain and simple.