State Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) announced this
week that he plans to vote for legislation that would legalize
same-sex marriage in Illinois after being undecided on the issue.
Ford said it is time to same-sex marriage to become a reality in the state.
The Senate passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, SB 10, in February. Backers of the measure say it will be called for a full House vote before the spring legislative session is scheduled to end Friday.
from Ford and other members of the House Black Caucus who may be on
the fence on the issue have been considered crucial in the
necessary votes for approval.
In April, State Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago), leader of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, said he supported the proposed same-sex marriage bill.
it’s the gay and lesbian community and all their supporters that, I
would say, took a page out of the civil rights movement and fought for
what they believe in — and that’s always important,” Ford told the Chicago Phoenix.
“Any time you have people fighting for what they believe in and
building coalitions and have a fight and never give up … I think that’s
Gov. Pat Quinn has said he would sign the bill if it arrives on his desk.