As the new year begins, same-sex couples in Illinois are closer than ever to full marriage equality - and the process is moving extremely fast! "... it's coming along at a rate that even surprises me," Rick Garcia of The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) recently told ChicagoPride.com. Gay rights advocates are pulling out all the stops to ensure a successful vote during the lame duck session (January 3-9). Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov recently told me that the vote could come as early as January 2nd. "It is absolutely crucial that every lawmaker hear from her or his constituents in...
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Tuesday 1 Jan 2013

New Year To Contact Lawmakers

As the new year begins, same-sex couples in Illinois are closer than ever to full marriage equality - and the process is moving extremely fast!

"... it's coming along at a rate that even surprises me," Rick Garcia of The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) recently told ChicagoPride.com.

Gay rights advocates are pulling out all the stops to ensure a successful vote during the lame duck session (January 3-9). Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov recently told me that the vote could come as early as January 2nd. "It is absolutely crucial that every lawmaker hear from her or his constituents in support of marriage equality," he said.

Equality Illinois along with a number of other gay rights organizations - including TCRA, Lambda Legal, HRC and the ACLU - have spent years building the momentum we see today.

Cherkasov reminded me, "Nothing is as important as a phone call from the lawmaker's voters. I also urge our supporters who've already called their lawmakers to contact their relatives all around Illinois and ask them to call their lawmakers, too."

So today as you celebrate the new year, take a moment to Make a Difference in the fight for marriage equality in Illinois. Contact your state lawmakers, families and friends!

Find your lawmaker contact information here. Also visit illinoisunites.org.

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Bill Pritchard

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