A couple of pieces of new marriage equality news in from Illinois, as the state legislature considers a marriage equality bill. The first – a new Crain/Ipsos poll shows 50% support for the bill among Illinoisans, as Chicago Business reports:
The survey of 600 adults found that 50 percent support the gay-marriage bill that cleared the state Senate last week and now awaits action in the House. That’s considerably more than the 29 percent who oppose it, with 20 percent saying they don’t know or have mixed feelings on the matter. As expected, support is strongest in Chicago, with 56 percent backing passage. A majority of 52 percent of suburban residents supports approval, but support drops to a plurality of 48 percent downstate.
And the Chicago Tribune says “a spouse is a spouse”:
Allowing same-sex couples to wed under the law would not devalue traditional marriage. It would affirm the bedrock values that underlie and sustain such unions. Marriage promotes stable families, safeguards the interests of children and rewards committed relationships. Recognizing same-sex marriages demonstrates respect for personal freedoms and keeps government out of the intimate affairs of citizens. More people in same-sex relationships are adopting or giving birth to children; this provides the security of a legal commitment for those children. It’s the fair thing to do.
Will Illinois be next?