Gov Pat Quinn signs Illinois marriage bill into law
November 21, 2013
Yesterday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the state’s marriage bill into law. Illinois became the 16 state plus the District of Columbia to enacted a freedom to marry law. Marriages will begin on June 1, 2014.
The bill passed the legislature on November 5 after an incredible advocacy push by Illinois Unites for Marriage. Freedom to Marry is proud to have served in a leading role in Illinois Unites.
In 2013, we have won the freedom to marry in seven states.
The victory in Illinois marks the seventh state victory in 2013. Earlier this year, we celebrated wins in Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota, New Jersey, California and Hawaii. Once the freedom to marry takes effect in Illinois, 37 percent of the U.S. population will live in states where same-sex couples can marry.
Through the Win More States Fund, Freedom to Marry has strategically channeled funds to state campaigns - and you can help us make 2013 even bigger, by giving to the Fund and supporting efforts to win in Hawaii and New Mexico.