This week, a group of country music superstars added their voices in support of the marriage equality in Illinois.
Emmylou Harris, "Big Kenny" Alphin, Rodney Crowell and Mary Chapin Carpenter signed an open letter released Thursday calling the love of committed same-sex couples, “a blessing to us all.”
The letter states:
"Traditionally speaking, country music, arguably more than any other genre, draws its inspiration from that inexplicable conundrum known as the human condition. Songs and stories of love, family, joy, and human imperfection are the root of its appeal. To deny our gay brothers and sisters the right to legally ritualize their love – to marry – is to deny that they too experience the complexity of human emotion that make a song like Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You the shared phenomenon that it is."
Marriage equality legislation is pending in the Illinois House of Representatives. The Senate approved the measure in February, and Gov. Patt Quinn has called on lawmakers to take the step in support of equality for LGBT Americans.
Work to bring marriage equality to Illinois continues. HRC has been on the ground alongside our friends at Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal, Freedom to Marry and the ACLU as part of the Illinois Unites for Marriage coalition.