Illinois Passes Freedom to Marry Bill; Governor Will Sign It Into Law
Media Relations Manager, Freedom to Marry
Springfield – Today the Illinois House of Representatives voted to approve the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, affirming the freedom to marry for all same-sex couples in the state. The bill passed the state Senate in February and will soon go to Governor Pat Quinn, who has expressed strong support for marriage and will sign it into law.
Marc Solomon, Freedom to Marry’s national campaign director, released the following statement:
“Today’s vote by the Illinois House means the Land of Lincoln will be our nation’s fifteenth freedom to marry state. This is great news for the thousands of committed same-sex couples in Illinois who will now be able to make the ultimate vow before their friends and family, protected and supported by their marriage. It also represents tremendous momentum, with another victory in the heartland and our sixth state victory in 2013.
"Freedom to Marry is proud to be a lead partner in Illinois Unites for Marriage. We thank the tireless leadership of lead bill sponsors in the House and Senate, Rep. Greg Harris and Sen. Heather Steans as well as House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton, Governor Pat Quinn, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, all of whom played crucial roles in advancing the legislation.”
Freedom to Marry served as a key partner in paving the way for a victory in Illinois by providing strategic guidance and counsel on all aspects of the legislative campaign, in addition to managing the campaign’s digital strategy and supporting newspaper and radio advertisements. Through its Win More States Fund, Freedom to Marry channeled resources to Illinois to support grassroots field organizing and paid newspaper and radio ads.
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.