A picture says a thousand words. As I noted in my last column, there was a rally in the capitol hill rotunda for traditional marriage on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. A day earlier, an opposition rally was held for those who support same sex “marriage”, and it had the additional boost of fawning coverage from the mainstream media, and speeches from nearly every major statewide elected official in the Chicago machine establishment. So which rally received higher attendance?
The mainstream media claims that “thousands” marched in support of so-called “marriage equality” on Tuesday, when merely “hundreds” showed up to support marriage between one man and one woman. Even the Illinois state government was not as dishonest with those lopsided numbers, and “estimated” that “3,000” showed up at the capitol to rally for same-sex marriage, while “2,500” came the following day in support of traditional marriage.
Numerous photos, videos, and news coverage of the two rallies tell a different story. When State Senator Kirk Dillard addressed the packed capitol building rotunda on Wednesday, it was hard to tell how many were attendance, since the crowds were continually coming and going in order to lobby their legislators. Still, the head count at the rally revealed that an estimated 4000-5000 people attended in support of traditional marriage. By contrast, the “gay marriage” crowd seemed to have more media coverage and big name politicians attending than it did Illinois citizens. Photos from the event show very spare attendance at the rally at the time when heavy-hitters like Governor Pat Quinn and Secretary of State Jesse White were speaking to the crowd in favor of so-called “gay marriage”. Organizers blamed a rainstorm on Tuesday, and claimed most of the “thousands” of people there to support “marriage equality” were not in the rotunda when their top elected officials were speaking in favor of it.
According to people who want to redefine marriage, this is the most pressing issue of the day and everything else should take a backseat – including dealing with the state's $100 billion unfunded pension debt crisis and billions in unpaid bills – so they can have a vote on allowing homosexual couples to call their relationships a “marriage”. Of course, they also claim the only people who oppose same-sex marriage are “old white people” and “Evangelicals” who are “dying off”. Yet the photos from Wednesday's rally for traditional marriage also showed a significantly different demographic makeup than the stereotype pushed by supporters of same-sex marriage. Many young families and minorities came to Springfield to lobby their legislators in favor of traditional marriage, and even Democrat Senator Bill Haine appeared at the event and spoke in favor of preserving marriage as between a man and a woman. Other speakers in favor of traditional marriage included State Senators Bill Brady, Sam McCann and Kyle McCarter, and State Rep. Tom Morrison – quite a contrast to the pro-gay marriage rally, where most of the speakers were powerful Chicago machine politicians.
In short, it looks like backers of traditional marriage drew far more citizens, while the gay marriage activists drew more media. Supporters of gay marriage also appear divided on how to proceed – whether they should “call the [roll call] vote” on the bill and “make a statement”, even if they don't have the numbers to pass it, or whether they should be “pragmatic” and wait until after the 2014 elections to press forward, when lawmakers won't have to worry about backlash from voters. Some of the “gay marriage” supporters even called for ousting State Rep. Gregg Harris, the “openly gay” and HIV positive lawmaker who is sponsoring the bill, because he has stood in the way of calling the bill for a vote when he doesn't have the numbers to pass it. He declined to divulge how many lawmakers are willing to vote “yes” for his bill, but continues to maintain he's on the verge of “making history” by redefining marriage.
One thing seems certain though: supporters of traditional marriage refuse to give up and surrender like gay marriage advocates have demanded. Illinois' Catholic bishops continue to maintain a united front against defining marriage, with Springfield's Bishop Thomas Paprocki declaring that gay rights advocates would not be allowed to use his cathedral to “pray” for same-sex marriage, as they had planned. Bishop Paprocki flat out stated that praying the rosary for “gay marriage” amounts to blasphemy, but he noted that "our cathedral and parish churches are always open to everyone who wishes to repent their sins and ask for God's forgiveness." Meanwhile, Illinois “Catholic” Governor, Pat Quinn, has vowed to sign the gay marriage bill if it reaches his desk. But is there any chance the radical left will get their way and send the bill to his desk? Despite what they say, even gay marriage advocates are beginning to seriously doubt that will happen.