Target: Illinois State Senate
Goal: Applaud Illinois for passing a bill legalizing same-sex marriage
Recently, the Illinois State Senate approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, becoming the 10th state in the nation to allow gay couples the fundamental right to marry. The victory comes as a great success to advocates for gay rights but also reflects the rapidly changing opinions of the current time.
According to State Representative Greg Harris, only a few years ago people did not believe they would see civil unions for gay couples let alone legalization of same-sex marriage. Two years ago, when Illinois passed civil union legislation, many found that to be a monumental victory. It appears that the national view of same-sex marriage has shifted over the past few years and Illinois is helping move the country in a positive direction.
While same-sex marriage is now legal in Illinois, the recently passed bill would exempt churches that do not support gay marriage from performing same-sex wedding ceremonies or holding receptions. Opponents of the bill were concerned that other religious-based organizations, such as hospitals and schools, would not be covered by the legal framework. Despite the clauses protecting churches, Illinois and national opinion of same-sex marriage has shown progressive movement forward.
Sign the petition below to applaud the Illinois State Senate for supporting marriage equality and for paving the way for legalization of same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
Dear Illinois State Senate,
Recently, you voted to pass the same-sex marriage bill, causing Illinois to become the 10th state in the nation to support gay couples’ right to marry. This bill passing shows the outdated nature of gay marriage opponents’ argument. While a few years ago this bill was unlikely to pass, this year it passes with relative ease. That is because the discourse of gay marriage is finally being discussed openly on a national level. Gay rights still face a plethora of opponents but slowly the nation is moving forward with Illinois currently leading the charge.
Same-sex marriage has long been touted as a marriage issue, a religious conflict, and a gay rights issue. But the right to marry the person you love, regardless their gender or sexual orientation, is not a marginalized complexity, it is a human rights issue. The freedom to be with the person one loves, in matrimony, is a fundamental human right that only ten U.S. states and the District of Columbia recognize. Slowly, as more states recognize same-sex marriage as a human right, other states are sure to soon follow suit.
Thus, I commend you for this progressive and historic vote. I hope that this positive step taken in your state will persuade the rest of the nation to follow in Illinois’ footsteps.
[Your Name Here]
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