Hundreds of supporters gathered in downtown Chicago on Saturday to rally for a stalled gay marriage bill.

The measure reached an impasse on Thursday when its champion in the Senate, Democratic Senator Heather Steans of Chicago, suddenly called off a vote. Steans said three supporters, two Democrats and a Republican, were not present to vote during the chamber's brief 2-day lame-duck session. Steans pledged the fight would continue in the next legislative session, which begins Wednesday.

At the noon-time rally, titled the Chicago Rally for Illinois Marriage Equality, Rick Garcia of The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) told about 200 people that lawmakers should press on.

“We've spent a long and crazy week in Springfield and you may have heard some people want to throw in the towel because the clock is ticking and the end of the session is Tuesday,” Garcia is quoted as saying by “Let me tell each and every one of you – as I look in your eye – we have until Tuesday to get it done in this session.”

While the Senate's special session is over for now, House members begin theirs on Sunday. The Senate could reconvene before Wednesday if it chooses to do so.

“I do not care what high-priced political consultants say, I don't care what media consultants say. I'm saying to you that we are going to work until the last minute. We deserve it, it is our right,” Garcia told the cheering crowd.

“Guess what? Hot shot activists and lobbyists can't get it done. You have to call your legislators. You have to call your family and friends,” Garcia encouraged. “And you know what the message is to them? I got two. One isn't so nice, but one is really nice. One is get the job done, get the lead out, do it. And the other one is do not fuck with us.”

Other speakers included Lair Scott of Queer Fest America; Andy Thayer of Gay Liberation Network; Suzanne Anderson-Hurdle of the Good Shepard Lutheran Church; and Chicago Aldermen James Cappleman and Robert Fioretti.