The President And First Lady Are “Overjoyed” That Same-Sex Couples Can Marry In Illinois

Michelle-Obama-Barack-Obama-Fitness-CoverTonight, I applaud the men and women of the Illinois General Assembly, a body in which I was proud to serve, for voting to legalize marriage equality in my home state.

As President, I have always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally under the law.  Over time, I also came to believe that same-sex couples should be able to get married like anyone else.  So tonight, Michelle and I are overjoyed for all the committed couples in Illinois whose love will now be as legal as ours – and for their friends and family who have long wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and equally under the law.

I also commend the members of the General Assembly for approaching this issue in a fair and open way, and for recognizing the importance of our commitment to religious freedom by engaging the religious community in this conversation.  Throughout this debate, they’ve made it clear that this is about civil marriages and civil laws, and made sure that churches and other institutions of faith are still free to make their own decisions that conform to their own teachings.

As I said in my Inaugural Address last January, our journey as a nation is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.  And tonight, I’m so proud that the men and women elected to serve the people of the great state of Illinois have chosen to take us one step further on that journey to perfect our union.”

— President Obama, in a statement released to the media following Illinois becoming the 15th state to legalize marriage equality

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  • ho

    Kinda makes you wonder what will be the last state to legalize it. I would assume Louisiana, Alabama or Mississippi. We’ll see.

  • jeff4justice

    What’s with the daily reminders of Obama being cool with gay marriage now? This does nothing to change how he’s acting as GWB’s 3rd & 4th terms in nearly every other way.

  • Geoff B

    @ho: You never know. Even in Illinois (15th state yay!), I live less than an hour away from some towns that make the town in Footloose look like the upper west side of Manhattan. I mean, you’re probably right, but who’d ever guess Iowa would beat Illinois by 4 years?

  • Billysees

    President Obama is certainly the best and greatest “Godsend” the Gay community has ever had.

    We should expect others as time goes on.

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