Illinois 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage

By Dana Davidsen, CNN

Nov. 21, 2013

(CNN) – Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act on Wednesday, making Illinois the 16th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.

Quinn, a Democrat, called the act a “triumph of democracy, a triumph of a government of the people, that we believe in liberty and equality – and we’re making sure that’s part of our law.”

The Illinois governor said it was “meaningful” that Tuesday marked the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – a speech, “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Fittingly, Quinn signed the bill at a desk once used by the 16th president.

The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act passed both houses of the state’s General Assembly earlier this month. The measure will go into effect June 14, 2014.

When the bill passed the Illinois legislature, President Barack Obama praised his home state for approving the bill, saying at the time that he “always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally under the law.”

“Over time, I also came to believe that same-sex couples should be able to get married like anyone else,” the President said earlier this month.

Illinois previously allowed for same-sex unions and now joins 15 other states in legalizing same-sex marriage. Same sex-marriage was already approved in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington – as well as the District of Columbia. Colorado and Hawaii allow civil unions.

Hawaii was the most recent state to approve same-sex marriage. Gov. Neil Abercrombie, also a Democrat, signed the state’s legislation on November 15 and the law will go into effect December 2.

“I think that we understand, in our state, that part of our unfinished business is to help other states in the United States of America achieve marriage equality,” Quinn said on Wednesday.

“We want to have a new birth of freedom across America so that all 50 states in our nation have marriage equality, and love is not relegated to a second-class status for any citizen in our country.”

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  • JD
    22 November 2013 at 7:44 am - Reply

    I say this to all the gays, good luck. But I will say this from my heart, your all SICK, and if you can’t say that to yourself to bad. In Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, the people of Hawaii is Mad at him,all the people of Hawaii will not vote for him next time ! My friend of Hawaii said that the Hawaii people don’t want gays to come to Hawaii stay away from Hawaii your not wanted !

    • Arbi
      22 November 2013 at 8:56 am - Reply

      I say to you JD, I find you low on brains and high on body odor. Why in the hell are you wasting perfectly good air by being alive? We’re you born with some bizarre idea that you are somehow worthwhile and important? Newsflash: You’re neither. Kudos!

  • Arbi
    22 November 2013 at 8:56 am - Reply

    I say to you JD, I find you low on brains and high on body odor. Why in the hell are you wasting perfectly good air by being alive? We’re you born with some bizarre idea that you are somehow worthwhile and important? Newsflash: You’re neither. Kudos!

  • JD
    22 November 2013 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    @Arbi,welcome to America, in America you say what you want ! OK do you understand, or I have to draw a picture for you ? It sounds like your from a poor country ? Look at your comment, like a little kid.

    • Arbi
      23 November 2013 at 8:17 am - Reply

      @JD, why not do something positive and go help out at a senior center or help someone with their yard work, or better yet open a book. It’s not to late to get your GED. IDIOT!

      • JD
        23 November 2013 at 12:14 pm - Reply

        Hey Arbi, are you from philippines ? Your poor we Americans don’t like poor filipinos in America. Your gay ? Your sick go home where you belong poor filipino. Your can’t get a good job in America because you can’t talk good, and look how you write your comments, no class, you don’t belong here in America.

      • JD
        23 November 2013 at 12:40 pm - Reply

        Hey Arbi, yes I can open a book, my Bank book how much money do you need to go back to philippines ? Go help with the pork scam, maybe they need gays like you, we Americans don’t need you to clean toilets in America ! Guess you didn’t travel around America, if you travel around America every state is not the some as other states, some can’t read good, and some state you can write good ? We in America has a lot things to do, not like philippine you people do nothing but sit on your Ass asking for money and read a book ! So please watch-out when you say get your GED. Because I don’t clean toilets like you ! And I’m rich not poor like you filipino?

        • Arbi
          23 November 2013 at 1:55 pm - Reply

          @JD … You’re still an ignorant and terminally unemployable old fart. For humanity’s sake, stop posting with your fifth grade education. Go and get your GED … Fool!

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