Review live blog of Tuesday's Marriage Equality rally


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By Deb Kadin

Residents from Oak Park and River Forest were among thousands who gathered in Springfield today – the opening of the fall veto session - to push for passage of marriage equality in Illinois.

At least three buses from the Oak Park area traveled downstate for the event, where participants rallied, marched and lobbied in support of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.

One of the area buses left from Oak Park Temple, a Reform congregation, which sent about 40 members, including its rabbi Max Weiss, current and former synagogue presidents and others.

Among them was Deb Kadin, a Wednesday Journal free-lance reporter who live blogged about the event, not as a journalist but as a congregant and a social justice activist. Digital editor, Ashley Lisenby, contributed and managed content for the live blog as well.

Kadin talked with others, including former village president David Pope who traveled to the event with his family.

Read and watch content in the live blog reel below of today's March on Springfield.

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Violet Aura  

Posted: October 23rd, 2013 11:03 AM

Betsy, congrats on your family and all that good stuff BUT you are advocating for something that is illusory. Love should never be involved in a contract, That is so crass to me. So why people clamor to get ensnared in something is lost on me.

OP res 253 from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 7:54 PM

Although the distance between the AA community and the LBGTAXYZ community is amusing. Perhaps if one would get behind school choice, the other may get in board with gay marriage? As one black youth put it "if that's the only right you don't have, count your blessings".

OP res 253 from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 7:49 PM

I support this bill, or rather think government should get out of the covenant business and only issue civil union licenses. Marriage is defined by one's faith. I heard a very articulate voice from the opposition. I think discussion and principle, which both sides have, is positive. Social evolution will propels marriage equality (although feckless pols facing election likely will not) leave the individual baker, clergy, florist and old lady out to the defendants box and carry on.

Thomas Gibbons from Oak Park  

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 5:18 PM

I ask the Journal and to provide equal coverage of the "Defend Marriage Lobby Day" tomorrow, Wednesday, as an objective news organization should do.

Betsy from Oak Park   

Posted: October 21st, 2013 10:31 PM

Me, my daughter and my 2 grand daughters will be on the train to Springfield, on a quest to bring our family into the social contract by equalizing a marriage solemnized at Hyde Park Union Church 20 years ago on November 5th. It's nigh about time that Illinois came into this millenium and I hope the rally in Springfield helps build momentum for the yes vote on equal marriage. Betsy Ritzman

Gail Moran from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: October 21st, 2013 5:37 PM

One of the three buses is sponsored by OPALGA. I'll be on that bus with 45 others. DPOP, I believe, is sponsoring the 3rd bus.

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