Chicago’s Gay Liberation Network will lead a demonstration outside Holy Name Cathedral Sunday to both cheer on the new push for marriage equality in Springfield and protest Cardinal Francis George’s recent anti-gay remarks.
“With the wins in California and Washington, some Springfield legislators say they will now make a serious push for equal marriage legislation this year in Illinois,” said GLN in a press release. “As they do so, gay activists say that the ‘usual suspects’ will pray loud and clear about how ‘unfair; equal rights legislation is, and demonize LGBT people in the process.”
Initially, the demonstration was 2012′s iteration of the group’s annual Freedom to Marry Day, which for several years, has been held outside the Catholic Church’s Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St. The Sunday protest will being at 10:30 a.m.
“While a majority of lay Catholics support equal rights for gays – at a greater rate than even the general public – they are tragically misrepresented by the Church leadership, which has been a bitter opponent of equal rights for LGBTs and women,” said Andy Thayer of GLN. “As marriage equality moves forward this year in Illinois, look for Cardinal George to once again take his bigotry out from under wraps, trying to lean on Illinois legislators to vote against equality.”
Last week, gay and lesbian lawmakers introduced the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, a bill that would bring marriage equality to Illinois.
For additional details about the demonstration, read our earlier coverage here.