So far more than 1400 people have signed a petition — posted over the weekend on change.org — that proposes to “deny entry of Illinois politicians in (the) 44th annual Chicago Pride Parade.”
“105 days have passed in order to gain the amount of votes needed for SB-10 (Illinois’ pending same-sex marriage bill) and then at the moment it needed to be called, we suddenly did not have enough votes so it has now been postponed till November. How could they not hear the people cry out for equality? So why should we be subjected to hear them cry out for votes and elections during our time of being proud of who we are and the battles we have overcome? Not to mention the assault of publications handed out by them or their employees during our festivities–IF YOU CAN’T HELP US–WHY SHOULD WE HELP YOU?”
“People were asking, why are politicians in our Pride Parade when we don’t have anything to celebrate this year?” said petition organizer Curtis Bumgarner in a response to frustration over the failure to bring a gay marriage bill to a vote in the Illinois House. “Why should we be subjected to hear them cry out for votes and elections during our time of being proud of who we are and the battles we have overcome?”
The petition will be delivered to pride parade organizer Richard Pfeiffer and to the Illinois state House, Bumgarner said.
Bumgarner said he would like to see organizers revoke lawmakers’ reserved spots in the parade, but he figures that kind of action is unlikely. A compromise, he said, would be to position lawmakers at the back of the parade instead of the front, where they usually march
At this time Chicago Pride has both no comment and no plans to remove lawmakers from the event.