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Obama urges Illinois lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage

Saturday, December 29, 2012

President Barack Obama on Saturday urged the Illinois General Assembly to vote in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in his home state.

“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.

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“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 lawmakers are widely expected to consider a marriage equality bill during the lame duck session, beginning Jan. 2.

Chief sponsors of the bill, Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) said they are close to securing enough support to bring the bill up for vote.

“While we knew of his support for the freedom to marry, the fact that the President wants his home state to achieve it through legislative action is a strong and significant statement to our General Assembly that the time is now to act,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization.

On Sunday, Dec. 23, more than 200 faith leaders and clergy members from across the state, said they fully support the bill, which would grant full marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples as well as give religious institutions the ability to opt out of recognizing and ordaining those marriages.

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16 more reader comments:

  1. come on “noise’

    Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 8:46pm
  2. yes on the proposal – no on the proposer !

    Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 8:48pm
  3. He needs to stop urging others to do what he should have already done on a federal level. :(

    Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 9:00pm
  4. Yeah, Bruce. Like the President can just legalize gay marriage own his own at the “federal level” SMH

    Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 9:01pm
  5. One of our biggest problems is Congress, and also the closed minded views of conservatives, they are impeding on a right that all should have. They may have a right to their beliefs, but not the right to impose that belief to others whom choose to believe differently from them.

    Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 9:06pm
  6. 1st American President ever to speak up for LGBT rights, including marriage, let’s not forget this fact, seriously!

    Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 9:07pm
  7. he needs to talk to Florida

    Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 9:10pm
  8. Lets urge the ENTIRE NATION instead!

    Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 9:17pm
  9. Wonder what kind of support they are gonna send Indiana in 2014 when they vote on it. I don’t need anybody voting on my rights, i am human enough for human rights.

    Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 9:26pm
  10. I still don’t understand why we have to wait on someone to give us rights we should already have as human beings and American citizens!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 9:57pm
  11. I’m not american but was raised in the usa and i would be proud to say that obama is my president. Go Obama <3

    Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 9:58pm
  12. Great job President Obama!!! Thanks for your support!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10:27pm
  13. Right, Joyce? And then let’s ask the supreme court to give us our Federal rights. It sucks, but I guess we gotta do what we gotta do. Achieving civil rights has never been easy…nor has the opposition ever made much sense.

    Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10:33pm
  14. Thank You President OBAMA!

    Posted on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 1:02am
  15. Don’t worry Randy… Indiana won’t put it to vote if DOMA is deemed unconstitutional in July. The dumbasses wrote DOMA into the thing. If DOMA goes, so does the bill.

    Posted on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 2:34am
  16. Big whoop! Like this helps us when we are about to go bankrupt as a nation. Yeah!

    Posted on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 11:34am