Illinois, USA: Is State Next for Marriage Equality?

Written by scott on November 19th, 2012

Is Illinois Next for Marriage Equality?Emboldened by Election Day votes to allow gay marriage in three states, advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois are pushing to accelerate their quest to bring marriage equality to the Prairie State.

It’s been less than 18 months since Illinois legalized civil unions, allowing same-sex couples many of the same rights and responsibilities as those in opposite-sex marriages. But the law falls short of federally-recognized marriage and many Illinois residents are growing restless for equality.

Anthony Martinez, executive director of Chicago-based LGBT advocacy group The Civil Rights Agenda, said the state’s civil unions send “a very clear signal that we don’t respect same-gender relationships the same way that we respect opposite-gender relationships,” a distinction he described as neither right nor fair.

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