As reported previously, questions remain about just how many participants each side of the marriage debate had in attendance at the Capitol this week.
The office of Secretary of State Jesse White - who spoke at the same-sex marriage rally - told the media the gay marriage rally numbered 3,000, while the pro-traditional marriage rally only drew 2,500.
Rev. Robert Vanden Bosch told Illinois Review that a fellow pastor who was in Springfield on Wednesday wrote him about his experience on the steps of the Capitol the day of the pro-traditional marriage rally. He explained to Rev. Vanden Bosch:
“When we went outside for the march around the capitol, there was a group of several capitol police officers standing on the front steps (about 6-7). A man dressed in a suit came out right after us," ...and "said to the officers: 'So, the number we determined for yesterday was 3,000, right? [the officers nodded], well, then we are going to go with 2,500 today!'"
"I am not good at guessing attendance figures," said Vanden Bosch. "But there had to be a lot more than 2,500 there. ...With the official count of '3,000' people at the Capitol on Tuesday [gay marriage rally], there was plenty of room for everyone. But strangely with the official count of '2,500' at the Capitol on Wednesday [pro-traditional marriage rally], people were stopped at the door because the Capitol was 'over capacity.' It’s a good thing that there is no bias on the part of the Secretary of State’s office on this."