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Gay Rights Advocacy Coalition Picks New Campaign Director


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Supporters for same-sex marriage rally

Supporters for same-sex marriage rally Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Springfield, Ill. In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples. (Seth Perlman/AP)

Marriage equality supporters are launching a $2 million statewide campaign to approve same-sex marriage in Illinois.

Illinois Unites for Marriage is a coalition representing gay rights, civil rights and political groups. The group says it will place 15 field organizers throughout the state to engage supporters, following legislative failure to enact same-sex marriage in Illinois during the last session. Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky talks with John Kohlhepp, who is the newly-tapped campaign director for Illinois Unites for Marriage.