Same-sex marriage opponents protest outside legislator's Western Springs office
WESTERN SPRINGS – About 120 protesters opposing a same-sex marriage bill awaiting vote by the Illinois House gathered Saturday afternoon outside the Western Springs office of State Rep. Jim Durkin, who has not taken a public stance on the legislation.
On Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn urged lawmakers to send him a bill legalizing gay marriage – which the Illinois Senate passed on Valentine's Day. But Durkin, a Republican who prior to last year's election said he does not support gay marriage, said he's focusing on other more pressing issues, including pension reform and a federal court order to pass legislation regarding firearms by the first week of June.
"I know what their message is, and I hear it, and I'll take it into consideration," said Durkin by phone about the demonstration, held by the Illinois Family Institute (IFI). " ... There's bigger priorities in the state and for me."
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