Target: Governor Pat Quinn
Goal: Commend Illinois for allowing gay marriage
With some states still fighting against the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage, it is a sigh of relief when there are states willing to grant marriage licenses to gays and lesbians. Recently, Illinois’ Attorney General Lisa Madigan stated that county clerks can begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples even though state law says that legalizing gay marriage doesn’t take effect until June 2014. The state should be commended for its commitment to human and civil rights.
A recent petition pushed the state to support gay marriage, and it has finally come to pass. Madigan stated that a federal court ruling allowed Cook County to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, but the Attorney General also stated that other counties could do the same. If a couple was denied their marriage license, Madigan personally stated that she and her office would fight against it, calling such a refusal unconstitutional.
There are other lawyers in the state who object to this move. Some state that there will be blunders and confusion in the system when there are marriage licenses issued before the law goes into effect. Since the federal judge ruled only for Cook County, other counties are not affected. However, the governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn is defending the attorney general’s stance and states that county clerks should move quickly to issue licenses.
Same sex marriage is a human and civil right, one that should not be denied by the state, country or the church. Commend Illinois for issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples before the law has taken into effect.
Dear Governor Pat Quinn,
I am writing this letter to commend you and your state for issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. I realize that there are still many states in America trying to fight against the Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage, and I’m grateful to know that Illinois is not one of those states.
Officially, gay marriage is not legal in Illinois until June, but if your state were to refuse marriage licenses to such couples, it would be deemed unconstitutional. Please continue to uphold the values of human and civil rights. The fight is still continuing in other states and we need role models for the conflict.
[Your Name Here]
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