Democratic Congressmen urge passage of gay marriage

Democratic Congressmen urge passage of gay marriage

Posted by Kerry Lester on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:27

Seven Democratic members of Illinois' congressional delegation have signed a letter urging the passage of gay marriage legislation in their home state.

"The Illinois General Assembly is now faced with the opportunity to extend civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples in Illinois," Reps. Mike Quigley, Jan Schakowsky, Luis Guitierrez, Brad Schneider, Bill Foster, Tammy Duckworth and Danny Davis wrote in a March 13 letter to members of the state legislature.

"You have the chance to provide recognition as well as basic legal protections to all Illinois families across the state."

By voting "yes" on Senate Bill 10, the letter continues, "Illinois will be stronger when we allow all loving and committed couples the chance to care for and protect one another through marriage."

"Please join us," it concludes, "in being on the right side of history."

As we reported yesterday, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan says the legislation is 12 votes short of passage.