Focus on Gay Marriage at Chicago's Pride Parade

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police say more than 1 million participated in the Chicago's Pride Parade.

The number is a big spike from last year's roughly 850,000. Organizers the Supreme Court's recent decisions energized people and pleasant weather during the day helped.

A coalition of supporters known as Illinois Unites for Marriage had promised a diverse, statewide group at the event.

The Illinois Senate approved legislation in February that would legalize same-sex marriage. But the House adjourned last month without voting on the measure, after sponsor Rep. Greg Harris said he didn't have the votes for it to pass.

Opponents of the legislation say marriage should be between a man and a woman.


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