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Video: LGBT Families Call On Springfield To Vote On Marriage Equality Bill

By Chuck Sudo in News on Nov 1, 2013 2:00PM


The group Illinois Unites For Marriage released a new video Thursday in their attempts to get the Illinois Legislature to vote on the stalled marriage equality bill during the fall veto session.

The video focuses on couples in lifelong partnerships with families explaining why they want the same legal protections of marriage that straight couples enjoy. This continues Illinois Unites for Marriage's strategy of framing the debate for same-sex marriage in the Prairie State as a legal and not a religious issue, while serving notice to opponents of Senate Bill 10 that gays and lesbians can have equally loving and stable relationships.

SB 10 was tabled during the Legislature's spring session but its chief sponsor in the House, state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), was promised it would come up for a vote in the fall veto session. Illinois Unites for Marriage previously released a video showing black gay and lesbian couples enjoying the Bud Billiken Parade and calling on their representatives to vote for the bill. A lack of support among African American lawmakers in Springfield was one of the reasons the bill was tabled in May.