|Simon applauds LGBT community this Pride Weekend|
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|Written by Ken Lowe|
|Monday, 30 June 2014 12:50|
Simon celebrates Pride Weekend; Marks first month of marriage equality in Illinois
“It is with celebration and congratulations that we mark the first Pride Weekend with marriage equality here in Illinois,” Simon said. “It has been a month since gay and lesbian Illinoisans have been allowed the legal protections that come with the state’s recognition of their unions. While this is a great victory for acceptance in our state, the real joy is in knowing our loved ones, friends and colleagues who are in committed same-sex relationships can finally stop planning rallies and start planning receptions.”
The new law, effective since June 1, allows marriages of same-sex couples in the State of Illinois and legally recognizes same-sex marriages from other states. Illinois had previously instituted civil unions that gave same-sex couples some marriage-like legal protections.
Simon publicly supported marriage equality in Illinois and was honored this month by Equality Illinois along with other state and city officials for their support of the law establishing marriage equality in Illinois. She applauds the efforts of activists throughout the state whose words over the years convinced the legislature to do right by its fellow Illinoisans.
Last summer, Simon joined U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley and the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago to officiate “mock” weddings of same-sex partners at North Halsted Market Days. This summer, Simon will be officiating the real wedding of two friends who are now legally allowed to marry.###
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