Today the Illinois House of Representatives voted 61 to 54 to pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. This will make, once the governor signs the bill, the fifteenth state to provide marriage equality to its citizens. The District of Columbia also affords its citizens the rights and responsibilities previously denied anyone other than the heterosexual majority.
The Human Rights Campaign explains, “This was the most critical step needed before the governor can sign [marriage equality] into law. Soon, the Land of Lincoln will be the fifteenth state, plus the District of Columbia, where all loving and committed couples can marry.“
Hooray for Illinois! Let’s get this document signed and equality into practice!
HRC notes that “[a] majority of representatives stood on the right side of history and voted for the marriage equality bill” and asks that we send a message of thanks to Rep. Greg Harris and Speaker Madigan “for their work ushering in marriage equality in Illinois.”
Yes, let’s do that: Send your message.