Thousands, Including Durbin and Quinn, Expected at Gay Marriage Rally

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Thousands of disappointed Illinois residents are expected at the state Capitol to rally for same-sex marriage.

Organizers say several thousand people are expected to take part in Tuesday’s “March on Springfield.” The grassroots effort is urging lawmakers to pass same-sex marriage legislation.

The Illinois Senate approved the measure last February, but the measure has stalled in the House. House Speaker Michael Madigan has said about a dozen votes are still needed.

The event will begin with a noon concert followed by a rally at 1 p.m. and a 2:30 p.m. march. Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn are participating in the event. The governor says he’ll sign the legislation if it’s approved.

At least 13 states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage.

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