Fighting for Marriage in Illinois, One Year Later

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May 30, 2013

One year ago today, Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of 16 same-sex couples and their children seeking the freedom to marry in Illinois.

Let’s take a moment to review some of the amazing progress made since then.

  • The Illinois Attorney General announced that she believed excluding same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional, and joined our side of the fight.
  • The Cook County Clerk and State’s Attorney also agreed that barring same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional.
  • Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Obama have all taken a stand for the freedom to marry in Illinois
  • More than 7,000 people have signed our pledge supporting the freedom to marry in Illinois.
  • Six more states have achieved marriage equality: Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Washington.
  • France, New Zealand and Uruguay joined the list of nations that allow same-sex couples to marry. Brazil, Germany and the United Kingdom are waiting in the wings.
  • The Illinois Senate approved a marriage equality bill, and a vote in the House could happen at any moment.

Learn more about Lambda Legal’s Illinois marriage lawsuit.

Sign our pledge and support the freedom to marry.