The consensus from this crowd and many in the gay community is that same-sex marriage has a better chance than ever of becoming law in Illinois. The future is looking brighter for Michael Coleman.
"Today I can honestly say it was a victory for the LGBTQ community."
Coleman has been openly gay for nearly 20-years. He says he never once thought he would have the opportunity to marry. But, now that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, he thinks the ban on same-sex marriage could soon be lifted in Illinois.
"I believe that Illinois will, in fact, legalize same-sex marriage."
Earlier this year, the Illinois House did not call a same-sex marriage bill for a vote. The delay disappointed many in the gay community, including Scott Cross who organized the Rally for Marriage Equality.
"It was hard that the vote was postponed. I would say this is one of the best things that could happen."
Governor Pat Quinn issued a statement favoring the DOMA ruling. He says he will continue working to bring marriage equality to Illinois.
Quinn's latest campaign rival, Senator Bill Brady (R) is a social conservative who says, if elected governor, he would protect the sanctity of traditional marriage.
"Marriage should be an institution between a man and a woman. We have civil unions and that's the law of the land. The bill that has passed the senate, though, and gone onto the house, I think is flawed in various constitutional ways."
There is potential for the same-sex marriage bill to be called for a vote during fall veto session, however, it's not known if that will happen.
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