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The passing of the Illinois civil union law was a major step towards marriage equality for same-sex couples, and though the state has not reached the point of true equality just yet, it does seem to be significantly closer. According to USA Today, Illinois lawmakers may pass a bill legalizing gay marriage to the Governor’s desk as early as January, when the General Assembly reconvenes.
As dedicated civil union lawyers in Chicago at Nottage and Ward, we applaud the efforts of Representative Greg Harris and Senator Heather Steans, who have spearheaded the push towards the legalization of same-sex marriage in the legislature. While both decline to comment on the status of roll-call votes in each chamber, Steans claims that they are closer to “being able to get it done.” And if the trend in the nation is any indication, it seems even more likely that it will, in fact, get done. Not only did President Obama speak in favor of legalizing gay marriage, but four states have legalized gay marriage or voted down bans on it since the November election.
The Democratic Party made big news when it adopted a presidential platform that embraces marriage equality for same-sex couples. Gay marriage has been the topic of much debate on a state and federal level and, for same-sex couples in Illinois, the issue has gone to court where a lawsuit against the State’s discriminatory marriage law is pending. While the law in Illinois gets sorted out, Illinois delegates are proud to support a political party that supports equal rights.
According to an article on WBNEZ.org, two Illinois delegates, a same-sex couple from Chicago, are very hopeful of the Democratic platform embracing gay marriage; not just because such a stance is a huge leap forward towards equality for all Americans, but because it hits very close to home.
As an experienced civil union attorney in Illinois, Jeffrey Knipmeyer recognizes that as the country moves closer to casting their votes for our next President of the United States, political party stances on key issues are going to have more weight when voters make their decision. One of the most controversial issues concerns gay marriage.
According to Politico.com, the Republican platform committee rejected an amendment that would have endorsed same-sex civil unions. The GOP holds its stance for a constitutional amendment that protects “traditional marriage” by maintaining the definition (as established in the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA) as between a man and a woman. Though a handful of Republican representatives spoke in favor of same-sex civil unions, they were overwhelmingly shot down by others in the party.
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