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Momentum for Marriage Vote Continues to Build in Illinois

On the heels of last week’s announcement of support for marriage equality by Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, another Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives has come out in support of marriage equality. 

Today, Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. (R-Mundelein) joined Rep. Rob Sandack (R-Downers Grove), in declaring his intent to vote yes on the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act when it is called for a vote in the Illinois House.  Rep. Sullivan spoke to the Chicago Tribune and indicated that part of his support is because his mother-in-law is in a same-sex relationship.  Rep. Sullivan is in a leadership position in the Republican caucus, making his declared support even more impactful for other potentially supportive Republicans.
With members of the Illinois House of Representatives returning to Springfield on Tuesday after a two-week spring break, expect to see the debate about marriage equality continue to heat up.  Marriage equality legislation passed the Illinois Senate on Valentine’s Day, but a vote in the House has not yet been scheduled.  With only eight weeks remaining in the Spring Session, the clock is counting down on when the vote may occur.
HRC is on the ground in Illinois as part of the Illinois Unites for Marriage coalition working in partnership with our friends at Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal and the ACLU to drive contact to legislators from supportive constituents. 

If you are an Illinois voter, be sure to contact your legislator today.  And if you’d like to get involved in the push to bring marriage equality to the Land of Lincoln, contact HRC Regional Field Director Lynne Bowman at

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