Letter: For Valentine’s Day back marriage fairness act


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Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2013, 1:05 pm
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I encourage all to support marriage equality in Illinois and urge our elected state representatives in to pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act for Valentine's Day.

Love is love. It is that simple. Half of my congregation lives in Iowa where marriage equality has been a reality since 2008 and it has been a great help to the state's economy, as well as making dreams come true for many couples in long-term, committed relationships.

The other half of my congregation lives in Illinois, where full equality has yet to be realized.

The bill does not encroach on the religious freedom of any church, but not passing it denies religious liberty of the full blessings of marriage under the law to many. Come on, Illinois, let's move forward for everyone!

Rev. Rich Hendricks
Metropolitan Community
Church of the Quad Cities

















 



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