Chicago's Pride Parade Looks to Boot Politicians

Campaigners angered by failure to pass same-sex marriage bill

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 4, 2013 4:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Campaigners enraged by Illinois lawmakers' failure to make the state the 13th to legalize gay marriage want the politicians banned from this year's Pride Parade in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reports. A same-sex marriage bill passed the state Senate in February, but the House's spring session adjourned without bringing the issue to a vote after the bill's sponsor said he didn't have enough votes.

"People were asking, why are politicians in our Pride Parade when we don't have anything to celebrate this year?" says the creator of a petition that would give lawmakers the boot from the event. He says that while parade organizers probably won't agree to yank the politicians' reserved spots in the parade, a good compromise would be to have them march at the back of the parade instead of their usual spots in the front.

Andy Thayer of the Gay Liberation Network, displays a gay pride banner in a show of support of Illinois' gay marriage legislation outside the office of Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
A campaigner waves a gay pride flag in Chicago's federal plaza during a rally in support of equal marriage rights for gays   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
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