The Chicago Tribune previewed the 2013 LGBT Pride Parade, which took place days after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The ACLU of Illinois has played a central role in the Illinois Unites for Marriage coalition, which is seeking to pass a bill that would grant marriage for same-sex couples in Illinois. The Chicago Tribune spoke with LGBT Project Director John Knight:
John Knight, an attorney and director of the LGBT and HIV Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of Chicago, agreed that the high court's ruling — which assured the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages — brought a much-needed dose of optimism.
"It was incredibly frustrating to be that close and to see that marriage bill fail," Knight said. "But I think the mental uplift of seeing the last federal law that explicitly discriminated against gay people taken off the books gives us a great deal of hope that it's just clearly inevitable marriage is going to be real in Illinois — and very soon."