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Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn Voices Support For Marriage Equality

English: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn addresses...

English: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn addresses attendees before the opening of the 2010 Chicago Green Festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has voiced his support for the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate to vote and pass Marriage Equality. Currently, the bill is going before the General Assembly.

Quinn stated:

But our Illinois is not a land of discrimination. Four years ago, nobody thought civil unions would be possible here.

Today, civil unions are the law of our state. And nearly 5,200 couples across 94 counties have joined in a civil union.

Now, it’s time to take that next step in achieving full equality.

Marriage equality is coming to Illinois. And yesterday was a great start in the Senate Executive Committee.

I want to thank Senator Heather Steans and Representative Greg Harris for their work to move Illinois forward. Let’s pass this bill for marriage equality.

Anthony Martinez, the director of The Civil Rights Agenda, stated in response that “We are very lucky and grateful to have a Governor that is very supportive of the LGBT community. Governor Quinn fought for civil unions and ensured its passage and he is now fighting for equal marriage. When speaking with the Governor he is very emphatic and is committed to getting this done.”

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