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Jan Schakowsky
Congresswoman representing the 9th Congressional District of Illinois
Congresswoman representing the 9th Congressional District of Illinois


Rep. Schakowsky Strongly Supports Illinois General Assembly’s Passage of Marriage Equality

Chicago, IL. (November 5, 2013) – Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) released the following statement after the Illinois General Assembly passed SB 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which legalizes marriage equality: 

“I am ecstatic that the Illinois General Assembly has followed the Illinois State Senate and passed SB 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act this afternoon. Every citizen of our state and our nation deserves equal treatment under the law, and SB 10 will assure that every committed couple in Illinois enjoys the same protections and benefits. 

This is an enormous victory, and I congratulate my good friend, Greg Harris, who sponsored this bill in the General Assembly, and everyone who worked so hard to achieve marriage equality in Illinois. We must continue to move these initiatives forward in states across the nation, and on the federal level, through bills such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and the Respect for Marriage Act. I will work closely with my colleagues on the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus to guarantee LGBT equality at the federal level.”

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Be sure to read my op-ed, The Truth About the Middle Class:

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+NOH8 Campaign - I’m so proud to be part of the NOH8 effort and to support National Coming Out Day! 

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This afternoon, Rep. Schakowsky issued the following response to President Obama’s statements in support of same-sex marriage:

“I commend President Obama for coming out in support of full marriage rights for individuals regardless of sexual orientation. As a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus I have long believed that individuals who love each other should be able to enter into and enjoy the benefits of marriage. This historic step by the President is a strong indication that these rights need to be recognized, and that we must continue to work hard every day to help that happen. Thank you, President Obama, for lifting the burden of discrimination and extending the reach of freedom and equality in the United States.”

+The White House

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This afternoon Rep. Schakowsky outlined her problems with the CISPA bill and urged her colleagues to vote no.

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Via +Talking Points Memo: Ninth Circuit rules Prop 8 unconstitutional. They properly point out that the ban on gay marriage "serves no purpose…other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians.”

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Happening now: tune in to President Obama's live Q&A on Google+ / simulcast on YouTube. +The White House

I want to thank the hundreds of constituents who have taken the time to call my office today to share their concerns about SOPA and PIPA. I want you to know that I oppose these bills and will be voting against them.

Be sure to tune in to MSNBC's Politics Nation with Al Sharpton tonight between 5-6 CDT, to hear Rep. Schakowsky talk about the 2012 Elections!

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