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Yesterday, approximately 50 signatures from Illinois-based business leaders have filed an open letter in support of legalizing Same-Sex Marriage in the Land of Lincoln. A vote on legalizing marriage equality will be coming in February, with the 5th (two days after the Super Bowl) as the soonest date available.

Chicago Tribune:

State lawmakers aren't scheduled to be at the Capitol much until early February, and sponsors of a measure to grant gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry are likely to need some time to win over dozens of rookie colleagues. But in an open letter issued Sunday, business executives stated their case to lawmakers that marriage equality would strengthen the Illinois workforce and boost economic development.

"To be competitive, a state must create an equitable, fair and respectful environment for all of its citizens," the letter said. "For this reason — among others — it is vitally important that Illinois lawmakers enact marriage equality soon."

In addition to Google, Orbitz Worldwide and Groupon, individual signers of the letter include Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing Co.; Lance Chody, CEO of Garrett Popcorn Shops; Fred Eychaner, chairman of the Newsweb Corp.; and Laura Ricketts, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs. Eychaner and Ricketts are openly gay executives who are helping fund the statewide push for same-sex marriage, the Tribune has reported.

While the bill exempts religious institutions from having to consecrate same-sex marriages, religious leaders worry that it would not protect their rights to freely exercise their religious beliefs because they would have to treat same-sex unions as the equivalent of marriage in their business practices. For example, they might be forced to provide health insurance to an employee's same-sex spouse.

The law, once legalized, will bring lots of economic benefits to Illinois.

Originally posted to JGibson on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 06:40 PM PST.

Also republished by Land of Lincoln Kos and Kossacks for Marriage Equality.

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Comment Preferences

  •  It's true, too! (2+ / 0-)
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    kevinpdx, Railfan

    and good for the Illinois-based business leaders. If Chicago has to drive the rest of the state on this and it gets done that way, fine!

    Republished to Kossacks for Marriage Equality.

    -7.75, -8.10; Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Dave in Northridge on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 06:59:29 PM PST

  •  Wedding and honeymoon-related tourists... (0+ / 0-)



    1) The interstates are known by names, not numbers. I-90 is the Kennedy, I-94 the Edens. I-90/94 are the Kennedy nort'of Da Loop and the Dan Ryan sout'. I-55 is the Stevenson, and I-290 the Eisenhower (the last sane Republican). I-88 is officially the Reagan, but nobody here calls it that.

    2) When someone asks, "You want a coupletwo beerssss?" we mean beer -- Goose Island, Half Acre, Two Brothers, Three Floyds, 5 Rabbit, etc. Not that St. Louis shit.

    3) The Lake is always east. If someone tells you, "Go east 'til your hat floats" you've just been told to go jump in the lake.

    4) The elevated transit system is the "L" -- not the el.

    5) The Bean is truly an awesome photo op, especially on a bright sunlit day or at night.

    6) BEARSSSS! And related: if you're lucky enough to be marrying a lucky guy or gal from over by here, he or she cannot root for both the Cubs and the White Sox. One or the other. If told otherwise, watch your wallet and make sure the pre-nup is iron-clad.

  •  Gay Marriages, and Wedding Consultants (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sorry but has no one figured out what kind of freaking boom in the wedding business you could get?   I mean, come on.. I'm a guy, when my wife & I got married we ran off to Jamaica and did it on the cheap.

    I'm sure there are SS couples who would do that, but there are also going to be a lot who will go for these lavish, over the top freaking "fab-u-lous" weddings.  

    And there are plenty of stores who can already see the Cha-Ching-Cha-Ching.

    I'm happy for my SS friends who get to share in their marital bonds.  Including that giant expense of a ridiculous wedding and everything that goes with it.  Pull up a chair, bring it on.   Your local cake designers, photographers, wedding halls and more are all ready to take your Visa/Mastercard/Discover/Cash or Pre-Approved check right now.  (Paypal and Serve coming later)

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 07:49:24 PM PST

  •  Denominational immunity (0+ / 0-)

    Providing for denominational immunity is unnecessary -- although probably politically wise.

    A minister already has the right to refuse to marry any couple he doesn't want to marry. UMC ministers regularly -- it's supposed to be always -- counsel a couple before marriage. The minister can say "no" then.

    For that matter, my marriage isn't technically recognized by the Catholic Church. It was performed by a Methodist minister and not by a Catholic priest. (The only pragmatic difference that makes is that a priest will marry you if you've been married to somoebody else and divorced -- so long as the officiating clergyman wasn't a priest.)

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