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Hundreds Protest for Marriage Equality in Chicago; 7 Arrested


A demonstration at the Cook County Marriage License Bureau in Chicago on Saturday resulted in the arrests of seven people who initiated a sit-in after a gay couple was refused a marriage license. Protestors picketing outside later jammed the hallways of the building to chant while the sit-in proceeded. Some of the clerks and security appeared amused by the protest and raised hands in solidarity:

Chicago2"When Buddy Bell and Dale Fecker were refused a marriage license, they were joined by Dan Ware, Danielle Karczewski, Jeff Graubart, Erica Chu, and Nick Ferrin for a sit-in at the Bureau located in the Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark St. 'The law divides society into groups and assigns one group rights while giving lesser rights to the other group. The laws violate the equal protection guaranteed for all citizens under the Constitution,' said Ferrin. Meanwhile, about 400 protesters rallied outside the Bureau and then marched to the Bureau's doors with a chant that's been popular here since last spring, 'Obama, Obama, let mama marry mama.' The Chicago protesters saw their action as a way to help sway the California Supreme Court to throw out Proposition 8."

Photos here by Chicago IMC. More great photos here at Chicago Indymedia.

Watch a clip of highlights of the protest, plus video of the activists inside the office right before the arrests, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Now *that* is gay pride in action. I hope every city will become as active in the equality movement as Chicago is!

    Posted by: leschuck | Feb 16, 2009 1:03:58 PM

  2. harvey milk would be proud.

    Posted by: psgoodguy | Feb 16, 2009 2:12:38 PM

  3. Activism is on the rise... we will win this battle, it's just a matter of time. The obstructionists may as well just give in now, they will never break our will! Harvey would be proud!

    Posted by: CK | Feb 16, 2009 3:06:22 PM

  4. As one of the 7 arrestees and a daily TOWLEROAD reader, I thank you for posting this. Since our sit-in and recent rallies and marches have been largely ignored by the mainstream media in Chicago, it becomes clear that blogs and LBGT media are our means of gaining visibility and starting the conversations necessary to advancing the fight for full marriage equality.

    The activist base in Illinois has grown explosively since the passage of Prop. 8 and will continue to demand equal protection of the laws for LGBT individuals here and nationally.

    The following organizations were represented at the sit-in:
    The Gay Liberation Network (
    Join The Impact Chicago (

    Legal assistance for the arrestees will be provided by Lambda Legal.

    Posted by: Dale Fecker | Feb 16, 2009 6:36:16 PM

  5. Correction:
    Lambda Legal will not be taking our case.

    Posted by: Dale Fecker | Feb 17, 2009 1:03:18 PM

  6. Hale Dale!!!!! What an inspirational MAN! We so love you! The fight is for all, however, now is the time to hear that might voice of yours my love....... I know you have it in you, as I have heard it in the past- I adore you Dale, your my friend, brother and love for life!

    Posted by: Katz Paganstar | Feb 19, 2009 6:58:21 PM

  7. I know you have it in you, as I have heard it in the past- I adore you Dale, your my friend

    Posted by: penis büyütücü | Dec 14, 2010 6:09:01 AM

  8. Civilised minds and people of good will should never allow a group of selfish, narrow-minded, godless, and morally bankrupt poeple to derail a nation in the name of human rights. Lisbianism and homosexaulity are ethically, morally and spiritauly wrong. Wake up America!

    Posted by: J.M.E | Aug 16, 2012 7:29:23 AM

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