Full report: Today’s Chicago protest against Illinois Civil Unions Law

May 27, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — People on both sides of Illinois’ new civil union law took to the streets of downtown Chicago Friday in dueling protests.

The Americans for Life group protested the Illinois law on civil unions and kicked off a statewide petition drive to legally define marriage as being between one man and one woman. The rally started at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in the Loop.

“The civil unions bill has been shoved down our throat without the people having a chance to vote on it,” said Richard Walsh of Americans for Life.

“I am outraged that these people over here would desecrate a church run by Franciscans with their bigotry and their hatred this is not about holding up the sanctity of marriage,” said Rick Garcia. “It is against gay people pure and simple.”

“We are not shouting hate, we are praying for them,” said Tommie Romano. “And that’s what we do: we pray for them.”

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