Decatur- Local gays and lesbians have said, it's not a religious issue, marriage equality is a civil rights issue.
Dozens of people made their voices heard at a picket and rally at the Decatur Civic Center on Saturday.
Local coalition groups want state representatives to vote yes on senate bill 10. It is a marriage fairness and religious freedom bill.
One woman said, if Illinois becomes the next state to allow same sex marriage, it will bring in money for the state. By issuing marriage licenses, she said, it will help with Illinois' budget deficit.