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Illinois Lawmakers Introduce Gay Marriage Legislation | Care2 Causes

Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday introduced a bill to legalize marriage equality. State Representatives Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), Greg Harris (D-Chicago) and Deb Mell (D-Chicago), introduced the legislation. Called “The Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality Act”, the legislation seems to closely mirror that which was so successful in New York by making it expressly clear that, per existing law, religious freedom of speech will not be compromised. From Rep. Cassidy’s press release: “The time for full marriage equality in Illinois is right now,” Cassidy said. ”Our relationships and our families are just as worthy of the same rights and protections that heterosexual couples receive. Yesterday, a federal appeals court ruled that it is not in the government’s interest to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. Today, we are taking the first step in asking the Illinois Gener...

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