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In Chicago, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-04), and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) held a forum to investigate the denial of federal benefits to same-couples in Illinois and across the country. While Jan claim’s to be for equal marriage rights to all, we find it a bit odd that she is only lobbying for same-sex couples’ rights.

“It is essential that the United States of America provide full and equal marriage rights to all.  The Defense of Marriage Act is a blatantly discriminatory law which must be overturned, either through Congressional repeal or a finding in the courts,” said Rep. Schakowsky said. “Equal treatment is a fundamental aspect of our democracy, and LGBT rights count too.  Polls over the last few years have shown that the public largely agrees. The tide of public opinion is now in our favor, but the fight continues.  We must keep pushing and lobbying Congress to end discrimination.”

If Schakowsky is right, and the Defense of Marriage Act is “blatantly discriminatory,” and she so strongly believes in “equal marriage rights to all,” how come she is only fighting for same-sex couples? Shouldn’t she also be fighting for the right’s of bigamists, polygamists, those who’d like to have a pre-arranged marriage of family members between adults and 12 year olds, (often accepted in many cultures) and also ending the awful persecution one faces who might just want to have the unbreakable love between him and his dog equally respected by the state?


CHICAGO – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), Luis V. Gutierrez (IL-04), and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) held a congressional field forum to investigate the impact of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), specifically the denial of federal benefits to same-sex couples and their families in Illinois and around the country, and to review DOMA’s constitutionality and current court cases. The forum was hosted by Rep. Quigley in the Chicago City Council chambers, where the Members of Congress heard testimony from numerous same-sex couples affected by DOMA, as well as national legal expert Camilla Taylor of Lambda Legal, Gail H. Morse, a tax attorney and partner at Jenner & Block, LLP in Chicago, and Alderman James Cappleman of Chicago’s 46th Ward.

“It is incumbent upon us to put an unconstitutional law under the congressional microscope. Indiana officials, using the offensively-named Defense of Marriage Act, told a young grieving widow that the civil union recognized here in Illinois wasn’t valid a few miles away in Indiana, and so she has no right to seek damages or peace,” said Rep. Quigley, referring to this summer’s tragic Indiana State Fair stage collapse which killed Chicago LGBT advocate Christina Santiago, among six others.  “Dr. Martin Luther King said that ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’ Let us hope that while this Congress may not strike down this discriminatory policy, the courts can still protect our civil rights. Our country’s foundation of justice and equality depends on it.”

“The main thing marriage needs defense from is an out-dated definition of marriage in American society,” said Rep. Gutierrez.  “We need laws that reflect the many varieties and shades and circumstances of the American family as it really exists and not as some narrow or archaic definition constrains it.  I have worked throughout my career for more inclusive policies, since before I was even a Congressman, so I see the Respect for Marriage Act as an important part of my work on civil and human rights issues in Washington.”

Get the full story from Chicago here from: Congressman Mike Quigley

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One Response

  1. Meg

    Really? Someone and their dog?? Or with children? Looks like we’ve found a bigot and didn’t have to look far.


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