Legislators who had hoped to end last Friday with Illinois becoming the 13th state in the US to embrace the freedom to marry in have issued an apology for the lack of passage (or even a vote) of the marriage equality bill.
Here’s the text of the letter:
Dear Marriage Equality Advocates,
Like you, we are incredibly disappointed about what happened Friday in Springfield. But let’s not forget something very important: Marriage equality is going to happen.
As a community, we must come together, assess our strategy, and redouble our efforts in the fight for fundamental fairness. This is not the time for us to splinter – for that is exactly what our opponents want.
The more united we are in the coming days and weeks, the sooner the bill will get passed – and the sooner our dream of full equality will become a reality.
We want to extend our sincerest apologies to the families who rushed to Springfield in the waning hours of session to support equality in anticipation of this historic vote. You have been and continue to be our inspiration and we pledge to fight together until we achieve full equality for all Illinois families.
The letter is signed by 15 state reps and one state senator – all of whom supported the marriage equality legislation.