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More than 10,400 same-sex couples have married in Illinois since marriage equality arrived in the state, according to a new Equality Illinois analysis of state records.
For these families, the widely anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage equality is as important as in states where there is no freedom to marry.
They may enjoy full marriage rights in Illinois, but if work, travel or retirement takes them outside the state, their married status and the protections that it provides can be put into jeopardy, denying them the right to #LIVEequal.
Equality Illinois advocated for and helped pass three major legislative initiatives in 2015–protecting LGBT youth from harmful conversion therapy, protecting transgender individuals from hate crimes, and gaining the right to specify gender in funeral arrangements. And, we continue to push for a moral budget.
Please help us keep pushing forward. Donations made to Equality Illinois during June PRIDE Month will be doubled.