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Illinois Lawmakers May Consider Gay Marriage Bill as Early as This Month

By Nottage and Ward on November 12, 2012

It’s been made clear that the Illinois Civil Union Act has left much to be desired when it comes to true equality for same-sex couples under the law. It did not take long for the state’s ban on gay marriage to be challenged and now, a bill to legalize gay marriage may be considered as early as this month, according to an article in On Top Magazine, a gay advocacy website.

One of the bill’s sponsors, State Representative Greg Harris, told the Windy City Times that the bill, which was first introduced in February 2012, may actually come up for vote during the General Assembly’s upcoming veto, or lame duck session. He encourages supporters to contact their representatives to voice their support of the bill.

Representative Harris was the primary sponsor of last year’s civil union legislation and is one of the three openly gay Illinois representatives. He has commented that there have been a number of incidents where same-sex civil union couples and their families have been denied their basic rights. The fact is that separate is not equal and that the legalization of gay marriage is necessary for true equality under the law.

Reaching the goal of equal rights for gay couples has been a long process. The passing of the Illinois Civil Union Act was a big step forward, but it only gets us part of the way to full equality. The civil union attorneys at Nottage and Ward recognize how frustrating waiting for changes in the law can be, but are committed to helping same-sex couples understand their rights and options as they pertain to civil unions and will provide the same support as the law evolves. To speak to one of our attorneys, call us at (312) 332-2915 for a consultation.

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