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Suburban Chicago mayors back Ill. same-sex marriage legislation

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

GENEVA, Ill. — Seven mayors from the Chicago suburbs are signing on in support of same-sex marriage legislation.

Chicago, Ill.

Chicago, Ill.

Nonpartisan officials largely comprise the group from Plano, Geneva, North Aurora, St. Charles, Elburn, Yorkville and Sleepy Hollow.

They released a letter Tuesday morning through the gay marriage advocacy group Illinois Unites for Marriage. The mayors say same-sex couples and their families are denied full protection under Illinois law.

Same-sex marriage legislation got a February Senate OK but has not been called for a vote in the Democratic-controlled House.

Activists are targeting moderate suburban Republicans as well as socially conservative members of the House Black Caucus Democrats to get the 60 votes needed.

Illinois allowed civil unions in 2011. There are now 14 states, plus Washington D.C., that allow same-sex marriage.

Correction:

In an earlier version of this story, The Associated Press, relying on information from an advocacy group, erroneously reported a list of seven suburban Chicago mayors who signed a letter in support of same-sex marriage legislation. The final list included the mayor of Yorkville, not DeKalb.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. Tammy!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:23pm
  2. now if the state legislators would get off their asses and do the same

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:25pm
  3. Please, let’s move forward on this. It’s like a nightmare that you can’t wake up from….

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:28pm
  4. HOORAY

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:31pm
  5. Come on Chicago!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:36pm
  6. I cannot wait to visit Chicago

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:37pm
  7. Love Chicago!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:40pm
  8. woohoo thays awesome

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:48pm
  9. That’s great but when will we see a vote?!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:49pm
  10. TONIGHT PLEASE DONT MISS – Tuesday, Oct. 29th in Franklin Auditorium @ 7PM at the Interdenominational Theological Center 700 MLK Blvd. Atlanta, GA. Join us for “Conversations with Bishop Allyson Abrams!”
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    http://www.michronicleonline.com/index.php/local/community/15075-local-bishop-steps-down-and-ponders-future-after-announcing-same-gender-marriage

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 4:19pm
  11. If they legalize marriage in Illinois Im moving to Chicago!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 4:23pm
  12. PASS THE DAMN BILL we deserve the FREEDOM to Marry Pass SB10

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 5:29pm
  13. I miss Chi town a lot….keep up the good fight you guys!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 5:44pm
  14. Illinois=Equality

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 9:22pm
  15. Great. Chicago used to me home town for a while.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 9:23pm