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Marriage Equality Comes to Illinois
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/05/13
Last updated on: 11/05/13
 
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On November 5, 2013, the Illinois House of Representatives passed on a 61-54 vote Senate Bill 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. The bill, amended earlier with a new effective date, then returned to the Senate, which concurred on a 32-21 vote. It now goes to the desk of Governor Pat Quinn, who has promised to sign it.

When the bill goes into effect on June 1, 2014, Illinois will become the 16th marriage equality state. (Some people count it as the 15th marriage equality state, but they omit New Mexico, where marriage licenses are freely dispensed even as the New Mexico Supreme Court is deliberating a ruling that will make marriage equality official throughout the state.) In addition, the District of Columbia also permits same-sex marriage.

President Obama issued the following statement in response to the news of Illinois' passage of marriage equality.

"Tonight, I applaud the men and women of the Illinois General Assembly, a body in which I was proud to serve, for voting to legalize marriage equality in my home state.

As President, I have always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally under the law. Over time, I also came to believe that same-sex couples should be able to get married like anyone else. So tonight, Michelle and I are overjoyed for all the committed couples in Illinois whose love will now be as legal as ours -- and for their friends and family who have long wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and equally under the law.

I also commend the members of the General Assembly for approaching this issue in a fair and open way, and for recognizing the importance of our commitment to religious freedom by engaging the religious community in this conversation. Throughout this debate, they've made it clear that this is about civil marriages and civil laws, and made sure that churches and other institutions of faith are still free to make their own decisions that conform to their own teachings.

As I said in my Inaugural Address last January, our journey as a nation is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. And tonight, I'm so proud that the men and women elected to serve the people of the great state of Illinois have chosen to take us one step further on that journey to perfect our union."

Congratulations, Illinois.

At a recent rally in favor of marriage equality, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin urged the House of Representatives to do the right thing.

 
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