With the passage of HB 2747, Illinois became the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage on Tuesday. New legislation entitled the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act” passed by Illinois’ democratic governor Pat Quinn allows marriages to start June 1, 2014. Illinois approved civil unions in 2011.
“The road to the vote was long with stalled attempts earlier this year, something that frustrated activists in the state where Democrats lead the House, Senate and governor’s office. Chicago Democratic Rep. Greg Harris, who is the sponsor of the bill, decided not to bring the bill for a vote in May because he said he simply didn’t have the support,” reported FoxNews.
Obama, who served in the General Assembly in Illinois and campaigned for the law earlier this year, expressed his happiness with Illinois by saying:
“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.”
Chicago wedding planner, Lindsay Parrott, has already received inquiries for summer weddings and could not be more pleased. As LGBTQ couples all over the state of Illinois rejoice, we rejoice with them. This is another stepping stone in the fight for marriage equality in the United States of America. 35 more states to go and counting.