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Web Extra: Lawmaker Statements on Same-Sex Marriage

Lawmakers released the following statements after the Illinois Senate passed same-sex marriage legislation today. (Statements posted in order received.)
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Gov. Pat Quinn:

SPRINGFIELD – February 14, 2013. Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement regarding the Illinois Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 10, which would bring marriage equality to Illinois.

“Today, we are one step closer to marriage equality in Illinois.

“Couples across Illinois have even more reason today to celebrate their love for each other, thanks to the hard work of committed advocates and lawmakers. This historic legislation will strengthen our state by allowing all committed couples to enjoy the same legal protections and benefits of marriage.

“The Senate took a stand for equal rights for all people. I urge the House of Representatives to pass this legislation so that we can ensure Illinois is a welcoming place for everyone.

“Full equality for all people is right for Illinois.”

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Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon:

SPRINGFIELD – February 14, 2013. As couples across Illinois celebrate Valentine’s Day, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is thanking the Illinois Senate for passing Senate Bill 10, the marriage equality bill. SB 10 passed the Senate today with a 34-21 vote and now heads to the House.

“It’s time for marriage equality in Illinois, and I thank Sen. Steans for her leadership and the Senate for taking this decisive action to ensure equality for all families,” said Simon, a longtime advocate for marriage equality and LGBT rights. “People across Illinois recognize the importance marriage plays in protecting and recognizing families, and the Senate has heard that message loud and clear.”

Today Simon gave each senator a heart-shaped Valentine cookie decorated with an equal sign. If successful, Illinois would become the 10th state to recognize same-sex marriage.

“On Valentine’s Day we all take time to recognize the people we love,” Simon said. “It is fitting that today we are one important step closer to treating all loving, committed couples in Illinois equally, throughout the year.”

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Senate President John Cullerton:

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton released the following statement after the passage of Senate Bill 10, The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act:

“It’s always the right time to advance equal rights. I am proud that today a strong majority of my Senate colleagues recognized that and voted to advance the rights of all families in Illinois. I especially want to congratulate Sen. Heather Steans for leading this advance and challenging our caucus to fully demonstrate our commitment to marriage equality.  I applaud all those who engaged in this process with thoughtful and respectful debate.”

 
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