Voice for Equality: IL Treasurer, Alexi Giannoulias, extends benefits to gay, lesbian employees

Alexi Giannoulias is the Illinois State Treasurer. A Democrat, Giannoulias defeated Republican candidate State Senator Christine Radogno in November 2006 with 54 percent of the vote, becoming the first Democrat to hold the office in 12 years and, at the age of 30, the youngest State Treasurer in the nation.

On July 26, 2009, Giannoulias announced his candidacy in the 2010 election for the seat in the United States Senate currently held by Roland Burris. Burris, who was appointed by Governor Rod Blagojevich to fill the seat vacated by Barack Obama following Obama's election as President of the United States, has chosen not to seek election. Giannoulias won the Democratic primary on February 2, 2010, and will face Republican Mark Kirk in the general election in November 2010.

In June of 2010, with six months left in his four-year term, state Treasurer Giannoulias signed an executive order extending family-leave benefits to gay and lesbian employees in domestic partnerships.  The new policy allowed gay and lesbian employees of his office to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a sick partner or relative, the same benefit given to their married co-workers. It also allowed gay and lesbian employees to take time off for the birth or adoption of a child.  [Link]

In September of 2009, speaking about the freedom to marry Mr. Giannoulias said: "This goes to what this country was founded on -- equality and fairness," said Giannoulias, emphasizing that he sees the freedom to marry as a constitutional and legal issue in the context of past civil rights struggles. [Link]

Freedom to Marry salutes Alexi Giannoulias as a Voice for Equality.

If Mr. Giannoulias' support inspires you, take action by signing the Freedom to Marry Pledge!