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Ill. lawmaker: Son would be proud I voted for gay marriage in his final hours

Thursday, November 7, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois lawmaker says her late son would be proud that she returned to the state capitol to vote for same-sex marriage in his last hours.

Garret Jakobsson, the 46-year-old son of Democratic state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, died Tuesday evening. He had a progressive neurodegenerative disorder called Pick’s disease and had been in hospice care in the central Illinois town of Mattoon.

Naomi Jakobsson

Naomi Jakobsson

Jakobsson rushed back to Springfield Tuesday afternoon to vote for the same-sex marriage bill, which she had co-sponsored. It ultimately passed the House with one vote to spare.

Jakobsson released a statement Wednesday evening noting that “equal protection under the law” was important to her entire family.

The vote, she said, was “one that I felt I could not miss and I know my son was proud of my decision.”

Garret Jakobsson was one of Naomi and Eric Jakobsson’s eight children, six of whom were adopted. Garret was adopted from South Kore a in 1968, her office said.

Democratic House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie told The Associated Press that Garret’s death “had been a long time coming.”

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Currie noted that Jakobsson did her best to get through a difficult day. It was clear, she said, that she was distraught as she arrived at the Capitol to vote.

“She believes in family, family values,” Currie said.

“What a sacrifice her family made,” Democratic State Rep. Greg Harris, sponsor of the same-sex marriage legislation, added.

Jakobsson has served six terms in the Illinois House. She announced this fall that she won’t be seeking re-election. Former campaign manager Michael Richards and Urbana Council Member Carol Ammons are bidding for her seat in the March primary.

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  1. I am too

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:10pm
  2. Awesome!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:17pm
  3. Thanks for your dedication and sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to your family.

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:19pm
  4. Rep. Naomi Jakobsson Thank You!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:27pm
  5. so much respect for this lady

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:31pm
  6. so are we. <3

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8:46pm
  7. Only a liberal could speak for the dead and make it all about their sacrifice. Yet her son died alone so she could go to work! That’s the bottom line and it’s disgraceful!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 9:12pm
  8. You are just hateful. What a nasty thing to say to someone who just lost a child. Only a neo con could speak so cold heartedly.

    Replied on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 1:34am
  9. Thank u ma’am !! and sorry for the loss of your son xoxo Richie Richards

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 9:22pm
  10. I feel bthe same way. Good luck Naomi.

    Replied on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 3:41am
  11. Now that's a MOM!! Wish we could ease her loss.

    Replied on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 8:52am
  12. thanks!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 9:22pm
  13. This is what “family values” SHOULD mean.

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 9:26pm
  14. I am so very sorry for your loss!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 9:31pm
  15. Thank You!! May your son rest in peace!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 10:15pm
  16. What a wonderful person! I’m sure her son is very proud of her, as are the rest of us!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 12:19am
  17. Congrats and Im sorry for your loss!! Can You help me with Mine?? http://www.gofundme.com/47k6k0

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 12:31am
  18. I am sorry for your loss. but my heartfelt gratitude for your selflessness for helping my home state. be well. thank you.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 2:05am
  19. i’m sure he would be….and i’m sorry for her loss.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 2:51am
  20. I’m so sorry for her son to have such a callus mother to think only of her career and not of his dying alone! Call me what you will, but the road you’re all on ends in the devolution of this country. Kiss your commie flag!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 4:04am
  21. This story is so sad. God bless her family

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 4:51am
  22. Yes, I’m sure your son is very proud of you. Thank you for your vote for equality of civil rights. So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 4:57am
  23. Did he die of AIDS?

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 4:59am
  24. Shame on you.

    Replied on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:30am
  25. im sure hes proud of you

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 4:59am
  26. Although her son is no longer on earth, in her heart he is with her always and forever proud. Blessings!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:00am
  27. Edwin….. You’re a f@&$ing idiot! Read the article ………

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:02am
  28. Edwin A Aquino, why does it matter how her son died? It should matter that he is looking down with a smile and shining proud energy on his mother.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:03am
  29. Edwin …. what a stupid thing to ask !!! Why don’t you read the story before commenting !
    Naomi your son would be so proud of you as I’m sure you were of him too. x

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:03am
  30. Edwin A Aquino… No, if you read the story you’d know that your comment is rude and full of assumption.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:03am
  31. first off, Edwin your comment is beyond ludicrous ans insulting. Secondly, please accept my sympathies and much love and peace to your family. And, thank you! thank you for voicing your opinion on what you believe is right and true. you are an amazing person. <3

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:04am
  32. So sorry about your son. God bless you and your family and ease your heartache.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:05am
  33. Lovely MOM!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:06am
  34. There’s always have to be one douchebag to ruin a perfectly good sentimental story…

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:06am
  35. Love you Naomi Jakobsson!! Hugs!!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:22am
  36. Good for you Mom, I have no doubt your loving son is absolutely smiling on you and loving you for your vote and you life long love and support for him <3

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:22am
  37. HERO

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:37am
  38. Unconditional Love is eternal. You did what he physically couldn’t do. He’s always with you. Proud of you. <3

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:40am
  39. Edwin would have asked that question whether he’d read the article or not. Some people are just like that. It can’t be helped.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:40am
  40. A heterosexual woman did this for our equality, but a homosexual woman in Hawaii voted against our equality.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5:42am
  41. thank you Mrs Jakobsson

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 6:28am
  42. Thank you. Your efforts are much appreciated!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 6:38am
  43. Thank You Naomi!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 6:40am
  44. I know I’m proud of you

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 8:07am
  45. You are pne good MOM !

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:22am
  46. Thank you Naomi!

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 10:36am
  47. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 3:04pm
  48. Oh, big hugs.

    Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 4:27pm