Statehouse
5:15 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Reaction To Same Sex Marriage Bill Signing

Sponsor Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago)
Sponsor Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago)
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Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed same sex marriage into law in Illinois. Here are quotes and reaction to the bill signing.  
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 ``It means we are able to say that we're a family and be recognized because we are like everyone else.'' _ Jen Dickie Rothke of Chicago, who has been with her partner for 13 years. They have a son together.  
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 ``We are witnessing one of the most significant demonstrations of justice in Illinois history.'' _ Illinois Senate President John Cullerton.  
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 ``It's time for this to happen.'' _ Allison Kowal, 19, student at University of Illinois at Chicago.  
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 ``It's time to stop planning rallies. It's time to start planning weddings.'' _ Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon  
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 ``The bill is called the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. But this act is neither free nor fair for people of religious convictions.'' _ Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel at the Thomas More Society.  
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 ``History will show that we got it right on this one ... I just want to end by noting that I am available to be a flower girl and I'll even waive the fee.'' _ Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.  
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 ``We're here to celebrate, family, commitment, equality, love, courage and community.'' _ Rep. Greg Harris, a Chicago Democrat who sponsored the bill.
(AP)