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After Illinois Gay Marriage Fail Activists Want Politicians Banned From Chicago Pride Parade

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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.

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2 thoughts on “After Illinois Gay Marriage Fail Activists Want Politicians Banned From Chicago Pride Parade”

  1. I think that politicians/lawmakers should be forced to be present at a voting procedures, mandatory!

    And being punished when they fail to turn up or appear at a voting procedure!
    Punished were they are hurt the most…. in their wallet!
    Every fail of turning up at a voting means not being payed for a month, the first time it happens, the second time it happens (not turning up) means two months no pay, etc. etc.

    And if that doesn’t help……. suspension from privileges, ending in being thrown out of office, ethical commission etc. etc.

    Teach the cowards an lazy bums!

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