Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls on Illinois to support marriage equality


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called on Illinois citizens to push their representatives to pass marriage equality, less than a month since the state’s Senate approved the bill.

He said in an email to supporters that a number of House of Representatives members had yet to determine which way they would vote.

“If we’re going to pass this bill, it’s crucial that members of the House hear from marriage supporters every single day until the freedom to marry becomes law in Illinois,” he wrote in the e-mail.

Last November, Emanuel declared his public support for marriage equality legislation, which passed the Illinois House Executive Committee in February.

Passing the House floor is the final hurdle to securing Illinois as the tenth state with marriage equality.

Illinois passed the marriage equality bill, called the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, through initial stages with a 34 to 21 vote on Valentine’s Day.

“We took the first step towards marriage equality two years ago when I signed civil unions into law,” says Governor Pat Quinn. “Since that day, thousands of committed couples in 92 counties across our state have entered into civil unions. Now is the time for the next step in providing equal rights to all people in Illinois.”

The bill had a  “supermajority control” of the General Assembly from the Democratic Party, but also had support from notable Republicans such as Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady.


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