- March 18, 2013
In Illinois, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act continues to wait for a vote in the House of Representatives. To keep the momentum moving, over a dozen Illinois Unites for Marriage volunteers braved the cold and crowds at the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade collecting signatures on postcards and talking to people about why marriage matters. In total, more than 300 postcards were collected during the lead-up to the parade. These postcards will be added to the nearly 10,000 others that have already been given to individual legislators.
In recent days, the push to pass the bill has seen leaders such as Mayor Emmanuel, Governor Quinn, nearly all Democratic members of the Illinois congressional delegation and people of faith like Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III and Rev. Dr. Herbert Martin lend their voice to the growing choir of people supporting marriage equality. Volunteers and the field team at Illinois Unites for Marriage have facilitated nearly 5,000 phone calls into legislative offices. And people across the state have sent tens of thousands of emails to their representatives asking them to support the freedom of all Illinois couples to marry.
HRC is proud to be on the ground working with Illinois Unites coalition members Equality Illinois, ACLU, Freedom to Marry and Lambda Legal to mobilize activists and every day citizens across the state in support of this very important issue. Once the bill passes, Illinois could be tenth state in the nation to grant marriage equality to all couples regardless of sexual orientation.