Today, in a letter to Illinois lawmakers, President Bill Clinton urged the passage of SB10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. In doing so, he joins other leaders such as President Obama, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn as well as hundreds of business, community and faith leaders across the state of Illinois.
In part, President Clinton says:
“Our nation’s permanent mission is to form a ‘more perfect union’ — deepening the meaning of freedom, broadening the reach of opportunity, strengthening the bonds of community,” said Clinton. “That mission has inspired and empowered us to extend rights to people previously denied them. Every time we have done that, it has strengthened our nation. Now we should do it again, in Illinois, with marriage equality.”
With only ten days remaining in the legislative session, time is running short to call the marriage bill for a vote. Since January, advocates with Illinois Unites for Marriage have been working hard to secure the public support necessary to move the bill. Field organizers and volunteers have had over 16,000 conversations with voters, sent nearly 70,000 emails to legislators and delivered almost 12,000 postcards of support to legislative offices.
HRC has been on the ground in Illinois all session funding the 15 person field organizing team, providing the technology for voter engagement and coordinating support of faith and business leaders. Working shoulder to shoulder with our partners in the Illinois Unites for Marriage campaign, we have taken every step possible to ensure Illinois joins the twelve other states and the District of Columbia that recognize marriages of same-sex couples.
To take action or volunteer before session adjourns on May 31, visit www.illinoisunites.org.