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Victory: Illinois set to become the 15th state to afford the freedom to marry to all loving couples

Date: 
November 05, 2013

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund celebrates the historic 61-54 vote by the Illinois House of Representatives to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. The bill now returns to the Senate for final approval and Gov. Pat Quinn has vowed to sign it into law. Illinois will become the 15th state, along with Washington D.C., to afford the freedom to marry to all loving couples.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund:

“The national momentum for the freedom to marry keeps rolling on with this joyous triumph today in Illinois. This is a huge victory for Illinois families. It affirms what millions of people across the country already know — all loving, committed couples should be able to join in the celebration and responsibilities of marriage. It has been a long journey of changing hearts and minds, of breaking down walls, and of shining a spotlight on our common humanity.

“We congratulate Illinois Unites for Marriage on their efforts to deliver the freedom to marry in Illinois.”

To learn more about the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, follow us on Twitter: @TheTaskForce.

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund builds the grassroots political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The Task Force Action Fund does this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation, and works to pass pro-LGBT legislation and other progressive initiatives. The Task Force Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to the Task Force Action Fund are not tax-deductible.