Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago Urges the Illinois House to Pass Marriage Equality Bill

October 30, 2013

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Chicago -Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago (Advancing Justice-Chicago) fully supports the passage of the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act” (Illinois Senate Bill 10) so that same-sex couples and their families can finally benefit from the same protections and rights under Illinois law that other married couples and their families currently enjoy. “We urge the Illinois General Assembly to do the right thing and make marriage equality for all a reality in Illinois. Too many loving couples and families – including Asian Americans – are impacted by this issue for it to be ignored any longer,” said Tuyet Le, Advancing Justice-Chicago executive director.

Earlier this year, Advancing Justice-Chicago along with its Advancing Justice affiliates joined amicus briefs in both United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry, where the U.S. Supreme Court addressed the harmful discrimination against LGBTQ individuals and their families. In Windsor, the Court struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined “marriage” for all purposes under federal law as between only opposite-sex partners.

Advancing Justice-Chicago will continue to fight for equality for all Asian Americans, including its LGBTQ community members.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago is the leading pan-Asian organization in the Midwest dedicated to empowering the Asian American community through advocacy, research, education, leadership development, and coalition building.