Thursday, October 01, 2009

Marriage Equality bill introduced in Illinois Senate

The introduction of the Equal Marriage bill by Senator Heather Steans would legalize marriage between two adults of the same sex in Illinois.

Equality Illinois:
“This is not an issue of sacred versus secular - there are plenty of synagogues and churches that both recognize and perform same-sex marriages,” said Bernard Cherkasov, Chief Executive Officer of Equality Illinois. “Rather, marriage is a civil right – plain and simple. The state cannot have a civil institution of marriage – with its plethora of benefits, rights, and responsibilities – and exclude from it an entire class of citizens.”

The bill would provide for state recognition of same-sex marriage, while ensuing that religious institutions are not required to perform any marriages that inconsistent with their religious practices.

For more information and to donate visit: Equality Illinois