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Rep. Brad Schneider reacts to gay marriage bill's passing

<p>Representative, Brad Schneider speaks during a roundtable discussion about immigration reform. | Brian O'Mahoney/For Sun-Times Media</p>

Representative, Brad Schneider speaks during a roundtable discussion about immigration reform. | Brian O'Mahoney/For Sun-Times Media

Rep. Schneider sent out his reaction to the same-sex marriage bill being passed by the Illinois House:

In response to the Illinois General Assembly voting in favor of marriage equality, U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) released the following statement in support of the vote:

“I’m proud to say that my state became the 15th to allow all loving couples—all couples—to share the joys and responsibilities of marriage. This is a hard-fought, landmark day for the cause of equality, with a clear message being sent nationally that no matter who you are, you deserve the right to make a public, loving commitment called ‘marriage.’

“Half the American people now live with the freedom to marry whomever they choose, and I will continue fighting in Washington for the rights of all couples. It is my hope that very soon my colleagues will pick up the baton where Illinois has carried it.”

A vocal and active supporter of LGBT equality, Schneider has cosponsored the Safe Schools Improvement Act, the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Respect for Marriage Act—all of which aim to include LGBT Americans under the umbrella of protections enjoyed by the vast majority of the public.  He also joined his colleagues in sending an amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging it to overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and to the Illinois General Assembly in support of the state’s marriage equality bill.

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