Two of the state’s top LGBT rights activists led a short discussion on the progress of Illinois marriage equality following a reading of “8 at Center Stage Theater in west suburban Naperville Thursday.
Rick Garcia, policy director at The Civil Rights Agenda and Caroline Staerk, director of field programs at Equality Illinois, answered questions from the audience of over 50 gathered for the performance of “8,” which chronicles the long legal battle over California’s Proposition 8, written by Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black.
Some audience members asked questions about the prospect of marriage equality in Illinois following successful ballot measures in four states to approve it in the recent General Election and both activists were quick to note the conducive legislative climate in the state and, at the same time, the challenges of progress.
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