Today Rep. Greg Harris and Sen. Heather Steans announced that they will call for a vote early in 2013 on House Bill 5710, The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. Lambda Legal issued the following statement from Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project Director for Lambda Legal:
The Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division, denied motions by the Church of Christian Liberty, Grace Gospel Fellowship and the Illinois Family Institute (IFI) to intervene in Lambda Legal's lawsuit seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
The plaintiffs in our Illinois marriage lawsuit include 16 same-sex couples from across the state and their families. Their moving stories make it perfectly clear: It's just time for marriage equality in Illinois.
Marriage says “we are family” in the way no other word does. Same-sex couples share many of the same hopes, dreams and values as their neighbors and friends. And marriage strengthens families, giving couples the tools and security to build a life together and protect their families.