Could the state of Illinois be next in legalizing same-sex marriage


Could the state of Illinois be next in legalizing same-sex marriage

With only a few days left in the Illinois Spring Legislative Session, legislators are working to get a vote in on it’s version of a same-sex marriage bill. The Human rights campaign along with Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal, Freedom to Marry and the ACLU as part of the Illinois Unites for Marriage coalition. Have all been on the ground in Illinois working to get supporters to force a vote within the legislative.

Illinois Governor Patt Quinn has also encouraged lawmakers to get a vote for marriage equality for the state of Illinois. As legislation pends in the Illinois House of Representatives, a measure has already been approved by the Senate back in February.

Also, a few country music stars have began to show their support for marriage equality. Country music stars such as Emmylou Harris, “Big Kenny” Alphin, Rodney Crowell and Mary Chapin Carpenter have all signed an open letter showing their support for marriage equality.

The letter reads: “Traditionally speaking, country music, arguably more than any other genre, draws its inspiration from that inexplicable conundrum known as the human condition. Songs and stories of love, family, joy, and human imperfection are the root of its appeal. To deny our gay brothers and sisters the right to legally ritualize their love – to marry – is to deny that they too experience the complexity of human emotion that make a song like Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You the shared phenomenon that it is.”

The Human rights campaign, Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal, Freedom to Marry and the ACLU, all need its supporters to come out and support this cause and help make Illinois the next state in legalizing same-sex marriage. Supporters interested in getting involved in this cause may contact HRC Regional Field Director Lynne Bowman at


3 Responses to "Could the state of Illinois be next in legalizing same-sex marriage"

  1. Harry P   May 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    W.ow. I agree with Joel Hess–a ton of spelling/grammar errors. Holy hot damn.

    Now for the article itself. C’mon, Illinois! There’s literally no reason it should’ve taken the House this long to finally get to a vote. The Senate committee & full Senate has voted, the House committee’s voted, the governor’s on board, and the House is liberal & Democratic. Get on the ball! It’s shameful that Minnesota & Delaware & Rhode Island beat you to it! (Though bless you all for doing it!)

  2. tjchase   May 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    it is about time. Now if Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania would get on the ball and allow marriage equality perhaps we would have alot of happy people.

  3. Joel Hess   May 17, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Wow! Twelve grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors in the first two paragraphs. Is that some kind of record?


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