Former President Bill Clinton backs marriage equality in Illinois

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Former US President Bill Clinton continues to support and advocate for marriage equality. Equality Illinois welcomes President Clinton’s support as he calls on lawmakers to extend the freedom for same-sex couples to marry.

President Clinton released a statement today expressing his opinion.

“Our nation’s permanent mission is to form a ‘more perfect union’ – deepening the meaning of freedom, broadening the reach of opportunity, strengthening the bonds of community,” President Clinton said in his statement. “That mission has inspired and empowered us to extend rights to people previously denied them. Every time we have done that, it has strengthened our nation.”

This support comes at a crucial time for Illinois as a final vote in the Illinois House of Representatives to pass same-sex marriage approaches.

As more Americans are showing their support in public polls, and states are continuing to pass same-sex marriage laws, LGBT supporters in Illinois are hopeful that this attention will work in their favor.

“Now we should do it again, in Illinois, with marriage equality,” Clinton added. “Since the days of Abraham Lincoln, Illinois has stood for the proposition that all citizens should be treated equally under the law. Lincoln himself came to Springfield in search of opportunity, and he dedicated his life to securing equal opportunity for all citizens. I believe that for Illinois and for our nation as a whole, in the 21st century that must include marriage equality.”

Equality Illinois has put out a statement concerning President Clinton’s words and are hopeful that it will help to gain votes.

“After the referendums in the November election and the legislative action in recent weeks in Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota, former President Bill Clinton now makes it clear that the eyes of the nation are squarely on Illinois as the next state to embrace the freedom to marry for all loving, committed couples,” CEO of Equality Illinois, Bernard Cherkaso, said in the statement.

There is no set date for when voting in Illinois will take place.  

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