USA, Illinois: Marriage Equality Advocates Plan New Campaign

Written by scott on August 31st, 2013

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In Illinois, marriage call you advocates are getting ready to launch campaign 2.0, having learned lessons from their previous failed attempt.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

After their efforts to legalize gay marriage fizzled in Illinois this year, advocates gave their campaign a serious makeover: They called on unions, focused longer-term and recalibrated their message by using personal stories instead of civil rights comparisons. It’s a formula picked up from their fellow activists who made Chicago an influential player in the push for immigrant rights. Proponents will try again this fall to push gay marriage legislation through the Illinois Legislature, where they fell a few votes short in a Democrat-dominated state that’s been surprisingly resistant.

But this time, they’re focusing less on lobbying lawmakers and more on priming the environment to make it easier for skittish legislators to cast favorable votes, taking cues from a movement that brought nearly 500,000 protesters to Chicago streets a few years ago and helped advance “Dream Act” goals this year.

It’s just like in the movies when they beat the crap out of you, and you come back later with some of your bigger, stronger friends. And we all know the good guy always wins in the end.

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