Statement From A.G. Schneiderman Regarding The Passage Of Marriage Equality Legislation In Illinois

NEW YORK – Today, the Illinois House voted 61-54 to pass a bill allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry in that state, and Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign it into law shortly. When the bill becomes law, Illinois will become the fifteenth state, plus the District of Columbia, to permit gay and lesbian couples to marry. The following statement may be attributed to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman regarding the passage of marriage equality in Illinois:

“Today's vote in Illinois is another in a succession of civil rights victories that represent a growing reality on the ground in favor of equal justice under law for gay and lesbian Americans. State by state, step by step, gay and lesbian Americans and their families are gaining legal rights and moving America closer to true equality. I applaud the people of Illinois for joining the growing chorus of states fighting to ensure that there is one set of rules for all of us, regardless of whom we love and choose to spend our lives with. Each new state that adopts marriage equality moves our nation one step closer to fulfilling our founding ideals.”

Illinois will soon become the third-largest state in the nation to give gays and lesbians the freedom to marry.

Earlier this year, Attorney General Schneiderman led a coalition of 15 states and the District of Columbia in filing a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the successful effort to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). 

Attorney General Schneiderman also successfully defended New York’s marriage equality law from legal challenge in New York State’s highest court. On October 23, 2012, the New York State Court of Appeals sided with A.G. Schneiderman’s office in a rejecting a challenge to the Marriage Equality Act.

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