With Governor Pat Quinn’s recent signature of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, Equality Illinois—the state’s “oldest, largest, and most effective” organization advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender Illinoisans—is launching a statewide series of public forums to help couples, who are hoping to get married, understand the law.
The first forum launched last night with more taking place in the weeks ahead. Upcoming destinations include: Aurora, Belleville, Rockford, Springfield, Waukegan, Quad Cities, Peoria, Chicago (Lakeview), Palatine, Campaign-Urban, Chicago (Hyde Park) and more.
“We expect that many of the more than 5,000 couples who received civil unions in Illinois and thousands more loving, devoted couples will want to express their love and build a family in the institution of marriage,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.
He continued: “Until recent years that was only a dream in the U.S., and it is coming to Illinois in just over six months. We want to help couples take advantage of their right to get married. We’ve already been flooded with questions.”
Many commonly asked questions concerning the regulations can also be answered in the “Equality Illinois Marriage Guide.”
Participants have been encouraged by the organization to register for future forums within the next few weeks in order to ensure seating.