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Bill Clinton, Obama Urge Illinois to Pass Marriage Equality

As an Illinois House vote on marriage equality approaches, former President Bill Clinton is speaking out in support of it.

ClintonSaid Clinton in a statement yesterday:

"Our nation's permanent mission is to form a ‘more perfect union’ – deepening the meaning of freedom, broadening the reach of opportunity, strengthening the bonds of community. That mission has inspired and empowered us to extend rights to people previously denied them.  Every time we have done that, it has strengthened our nation. Now we should do it again, in Illinois, with marriage equality. Since the days of Abraham Lincoln, Illinois has stood for the proposition that all citizens should be treated equally under the law. Lincoln himself came to Springfield in search of opportunity, and he dedicated his life to securing equal opportunity for all citizens.  I believe that for Illinois and for our nation as a whole, in the 21st century that must include marriage equality.”

IllinoisThe White House urged Illinois to pass it as well:

"Were the president still in the Illinois State Legislature, he would support this measure that would treat all Illinois couples equally," spokesman Shin Inouye said in response to a question from POLITICO. Obama's support for the bill comes after former President Bill Clinton endorsed it earlier Tuesday.

"While the president does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect," Inouye said. "As he has said, his personal view is that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing so."

Earlier this week, lawmakers said that the votes to pass the bill are there. A vote has not yet been scheduled.

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  1. Even if Illinois allows same sex marriage, it will not have marriage equality, thanks to the horrifically homophobic DOMA legislation signed into law by Clinton (and which he used as a re-election tool).

    Bill Clinton has never apologized for the massive damages DOMA has done to countless LGBT lives.

    Posted by: MaryM | May 22, 2013 10:55:02 AM

  2. He should acknowlege domas discrimination in his support of marriage

    The lack of spousal social security benefits are terribly costly to the surviving spouse, at a time when its needed most

    Posted by: rick scatorum | May 22, 2013 11:07:41 AM

  3. IL is dragging their heels because The Church is, of course, sticking their nose in something they have no business in.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | May 22, 2013 11:45:16 AM

  4. A statement and a video? Nice, I guess, but big deal. Hate to be negative, but more action is needed. The problem is with African-American legislators being pressured by their churches. The Sun-Times had an excellent article this week outlining it. Whether this passes or not will be up to that group, and it's going to take more than statements or videos -- preferably a few calls from the White House giving these folks cover.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | May 22, 2013 12:20:09 PM

  5. Illinois better get this passed or LGBT better hold the overwhelming majority of Democrats in office there accountable for standing against our civil and human rights.

    Posted by: TX Idol | May 22, 2013 8:23:22 PM

  6. @LincolnLounger

    Doesn't your racist ass have some Republicans to convince...

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | May 22, 2013 9:29:07 PM

  7. Let's us all exert undending pressure until DOMA is repealed.

    Meanwhile due to IL's land mass and sheer length down the middle of the USA, I won't object to IL passing its own marriage bill.

    Posted by: mousemess | May 23, 2013 1:14:04 PM

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