Quigley Celebrates Passage of Marriage Equality in Illinois
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) issued the following statement after the Illinois legislature passed legislation affirming same-sex marriage:
“Today is a tremendous victory for our LGBT community in Illinois and for everyone who believes in our country’s founding principles of liberty and justice for all. Illinois’ victory must strengthen our resolve to work towards a day when all Americans can enjoy the full civil rights guaranteed to each of us under the law. Our country will be stronger when we allow all loving and committed couples the chance to care for and protect one another through marriage. Congratulations to Rep. Greg Harris and Sen. Heather Steans for their stalwart leadership on this legislation.”
Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05) lends his support to the NOH8 Campaign for LGBT equality. (Photo credit: Adam Bouska/NOH8 Campaign)
As a member of the Congressional Equality Caucus, Rep. Quigley has been a tireless advocate for the LGBT community. He is a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would ensure that all couples are treated fairly under federal law, and has lent his support to the national NOH8 Campaign, a global visual art protest against legislation banning gay marriage. In 2011, Rep. Quigley hosted a DOMA field forum to investigate the negative impacts of the Defense of Marriage Act on individuals and families in Chicago.