Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Govenor Pat Quinn Signs Illinois Gay Marriage Bill!!

Gay marriage became legal in Illinois when Gov. Pat Quinn signed the same sex marriage bill into law.

On Wednesday, Illinois became the 16th state to allow same-sex marriages. The law goes into effect in summer 2014.

"Illinois does not have a situation where individuals are discriminated against in any way when it comes to love and marriage," Gov. Quinn said.

At the signing at UIC, Quinn was joined by dozens of elected officials, including Secretary of State Jesse White, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
"Marriage equality is about two American principles: fairness and freedom," Madigan said.

"It takes both parties to make something happen. And when we work together, look at what we can do," Topinka said. She also offered to be a flower girl, free of charge.

"As a history teacher, I believe marriage equality is the civil rights issue of our time," Preckwinkle said.

"There is no straight or gay marriage. From now on there is only marriage in Illinois," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "To have a forward-moving state, you cannot have backward-looking laws that discriminate against good and talented people, regardless of their sexual orientation."

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