Well, my home state finally got it right on marriage equality.
After months of wrangling, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality Fairness Act. The state Senate passed the measure earlier this year, but it was stalled in the House of Representatives. Supporters this afternoon finally pulled together the votes needed to approve the bill, which has now been sent to Gov. Pat Quinn for his promised signature.
Illinois joins 14 other states (including New York) and the District of Columbia in permitting gays and lesbians to marry. This will continue to push the momentum in favor of marriage equality, a welcome shift in public opinion.
New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement following the historic move:
Todays vote in Illinois is another in a succession of civil rights victories that represent a growing reality on the ground in favor of equal justice under law for gay and lesbian Americans. State by state, step by step, gay and lesbian Americans and their families are gaining legal rights and moving America closer to true equality. I applaud the people of Illinois for joining the growing chorus of states fighting to ensure that there is one set of rules for all of us, regardless of whom we love and choose to spend our lives with. Each new state that adopts marriage equality moves our nation one step closer to fulfilling our founding ideals.
From a native of the Land of Lincoln, well said!