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Marriage equality bill sponsors issue apology to families
From a letter
2013-06-03

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Dear Marriage Equality Advocates,

Like you, we are incredibly disappointed about what happened Friday in Springfield. But let's not forget something very important: Marriage equality is going to happen.

As a community, we must come together, assess our strategy, and redouble our efforts in the fight for fundamental fairness. This is not the time for us to splinter — for that is exactly what our opponents want.

The more united we are in the coming days and weeks, the sooner the bill will get passed — and the sooner our dream of full equality will become a reality.

We want to extend our sincerest apologies to the families who rushed to Springfield in the waning hours of session to support equality in anticipation of this historic vote. You have been and continue to be our inspiration and we pledge to fight together until we achieve full equality for all Illinois families.

Sincerely,

Christian L. Mitchell, State Representative, 26th District

Maria Antonio Berrios, State Representative, 39th District

Greg Harris, State Representative, 13th District

Kelly M. Cassidy, State Representative, 14th District

Deborah Mell, State Representative, 40th District

Sam Yingling, State Representative, 62nd District

Lou Lang, State Representative, 16th District

Sara Feigenholtz, State Representative, 12th District

Naomi D. Jakobsson, State Representative, 103rd District

Ann M. Williams, State Representative, 11th District

Robert F. Martwick, State Representative, 19th District

Mike Smiddy, State Representative, 71st District

Robyn Gabel, State Representative, 18th District

Barbara Flynn Currie, State Representative, 25th District

Heather A. Steans, State Senator, 7th District

Laura Fine, State Representative, 17th District

(A few of the sponsors were not reached before the publication of this letter.)

Letter viewable at www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/MarriageEqualityStatement.pdf .


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