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Obama pushes for marriage equality in Illinois

President Obama is pushing for the Illinois General Assembly to pass a marriage equality bill.

Illinois already has a civil-unions law on the books, but lawmakers could take up the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act” as early as next week.

“While the president does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect,” White House spokesman Shin Inouye told the Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday.

“As he has said, his personal view is that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing so. Were the president still in the Illinois State Legislature, he would support this measure that would treat all Illinois couples equally,” Inouye said.

Illinois legalized civil-unions in June of 2011. A civil-union grants only partial rights of marriage to same sex partners.

Experts predict the measure will likely see most of it’s opposition in the Illinois House, but has a better chance of approval in the Illinois Senate. Both houses are dominated by a super-majority of Democrats. If the bill passes, Illinois would be the tenth state to approve same sex marriage.

Obama endorsed gay marriage back in May, after he says he struggled with the issue. “At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts.

No Midwest state has approved gay marriage by a vote of its legislature.

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17 Comments to “Obama pushes for marriage equality in Illinois”

    pagan69 said:
    December 30, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Perhaps Sir Golfsalot should concentrate on the fact that he has never had a budget and leave the state to govern itself. And before you people start blowing smoke about him being from Illinois, why do we pay for him to vacation in Hawaii? What’s wrong with vacationing in Chicago?

    ismael said:
    December 30, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Our dumb president does not know marriage is between a man and a woman. He want to legalize it to dump Michelle and marry a man. I see no other reason.

    socialconsfiscallib said:
    December 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Avoiding the wry, ingnorant, and disrespectful comments I'll say this. Leave states to govern themselves (even though Illinois is one of the worse governed states in the union) and stick to the enormous problems facing Washington on this one.

    Socialconsfiscalmod said:
    December 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    BTW the folks. When we make comments and stupid classless statements, it's hard to take even a well made point seriously. Grow up

    "Old Chicago" said:
    December 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Anything to distort the definition of truth and accommodate the novelty of free expression.

    … I've been to Mexico, it’s nice.
    …but I don’t want to live there.

    …I really don’t want to be Kenyan either.

    Respectfully.

      Socialconsfiscalmod said:
      December 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      Soooo your point is. It sounds like it could be good one.

    mike said:
    December 30, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Why is it our lame president can surface for gay marriage issues , but is nowhere to be found when our murder rate is making more records start protecting us mr preaident!!!!! Do it for the kids and old peaple all the inocent people who are being shot, robbed and killed by a bunch of lame wanna be gangsters …….

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