Obama pushes for marriage equality in Illinois

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.