Illinois Legislators Begin Organizing Marriage Equality Effort

A group of Illinois state legislators have begun meeting with LGBT advocacy organizations to develop strategy to pass marriage equality in the state. Such legislation would not be introduced until 2013, but with the entire General Assembly up for reelection this year, it is a crucial time to encourage support for same-sex marriage. Civil unions became legal in Illinois on June 1 and over 3,700 same-sex couples obtained licenses in the first seven months they were available.