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ILLINOIS NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2013

Simon stands with Senate on marriage equality vote
Fights for equal protection, rights for all Illinois couples

SPRINGFIELD – As couples across Illinois celebrate Valentine’s Day, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is thanking the Illinois Senate for passing Senate Bill 10, the marriage equality bill. SB 10 passed the Senate today with a 34-21 vote and now heads to the House.

“It’s time for marriage equality in Illinois, and I thank Sen. Steans for her leadership and the Senate for taking this decisive action to ensure equality for all families,” said Simon, a longtime advocate for marriage equality and LGBT rights. “People across Illinois recognize the importance marriage plays in protecting and recognizing families, and the Senate has heard that message loud and clear.”

Today Simon gave each senator a heart-shaped Valentine cookie decorated with an equal sign. If successful, Illinois would become the 10th state to recognize same-sex marriage.

“On Valentine’s Day we all take time to recognize the people we love,” Simon said. “It is fitting that today we are one important step closer to treating all loving, committed couples in Illinois equally, throughout the year.”



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