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Rally/march tonight in wake of Supreme Court ruling

June 26, 2013|By JoVona Taylor | RedEye

Chicago’s Gay Liberation Network is hosting a rally and march tonight at 7 p.m. to highlight that, even in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday, more work needs to be done in the push for equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Andy Thayer, co-founder of Gay Liberation Network, said that even though parts of the Defense of Marriage Act were ruled unconstitutional, the court’s refusal to rule on the substance of California's Proposition 8 case shows that the fight for LGBT equal rights in the U.S. has not yet been won.

“The courts had the opportunity to give 50 states equal marriage rights today, but they didn’t,” said Thayer, a 53-year-old Uptown resident. “In order to get that, we have to push harder.”

The rally will take place in the 7-Eleven parking lot on the corner of Halsted and Roscoe Streets.

After the short rally, there will be a march that goes south on Halsted Street to Belmont Avenue, west on Belmont to Clark Street, north on Clark to Addison Street, east on Addison to Halsted, then south on Halsted back to the Halsted and Roscoe.

Thayer said many of the leaders in Chicago’s LGBT community will be in attendance, including members of the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Illinois and The Civil Rights Agenda.

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