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Gays and lesbians march for right to marry


February 11, 2006 - Gays and lesbians rallied Saturday in the Loop on this 'freedom to marry' day. The protestors marched to the Cook County marriage license bureau.

One couple requested a marriage license but was told state law doesn't allow same sex couples to marry.

The group went on to Holy Name Cathedral where they appealed to people of all faiths to speak up for the rights of gay couples.

"Citizens are defined as people with equal legal rights with each other. The fact that gays and lesbians are not allowed to marry the way other folks are allowed to means we're not citizens in this country," said Andy Thayer of the Gay Liberation Network

County Clerk David Orr issued a statement saying: "Under Illinois law, the clerk's office does not have the authority to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Defying the law would not make same-sex marriage legal or result in equal treatment for gays and lesbians."


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