Equality Illinois Political Action Committee, a gay rights advocacy group, used the Market Days street fair on Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood as a backdrop to endorse Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday.
The endorsement highlights what gay rights advocates say are significant differences between Quinn and his Republican opponent, state Sen. Bill Brady, on issues of importance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
"I think this is one of the most important elections ever, because the choices for our community are markedly different. We have a guy who opposed fairness and equality and a guy who spent his entire career standing up for all Illinoisans," public policy director for Equality Illinois, Rick Garcia told ChicagoPride.com. "He [Quinn] wins or we better forget about any decency or fairness for the next four years."
Seen as a far-right candidate, Brady not only opposes same-sex marriage and civil unions, but he favors an amendment to the Illinois constitution banning equal marriage rights for LGBT citizens.
Quinn says he would sign civil unions legislation.
With Quinn struggling in the polls, this event was seen as an effort to drive up support from his base in the city, particularily the LGBT community.
LGBT activists encouraged the crowd to register and vote.
'Stop Bill Brady' T-shirts and stickers encouraging people to visit whoisbillbrady.com were visible throughout the two-day street festival.
(Photo by Jay Shaff for ChicagoPride.com)