Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Liz Owen |
lowen@pflag.org> | (202) 467-8180 ext. 214
WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization for parents, families, friends and straight allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)—has issued the following statement from Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby regarding today’s 61–54 vote in favor of marriage equality in Illinois: 
“We applaud the Illinois legislature for its historic vote in favor of marriage equality, particularly the leadership of Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, who sponsored the bill. Clearly, the hard work of the past months resonated with legislators and helped to change hearts and minds on this important issue. The rallying cry of PFLAG mother Toni Weaver, president of the PFLAG Council of Northern Illinois represented the sentiment that so many PFLAGers feel, when she stated, ‘They are our children and we will fight for them.(Begins at 1:09:00 mark).  We were moved, too, to hear the words of Braiden Neubecker—grandchild of former PFLAG National board member Mike Neubecker, whose poignant letter about her family, headed by her two dads, was published in the Windy City Times earlier this year—read during the pre-vote debate.
What a wonderful day, knowing that PFLAG families all over the state of Illinois will celebrate with their LGBT loved ones, who can now legally marry the people they love, in their hometowns. We are thrilled to celebrate this victory with our many Illinois PFLAG chapters, our long time partner, Equality Illinois, and the powerful coalition partners of Illinois Unites for Marriage.  We urge Governor Quinn to quickly sign the legislation, as he has promised, that will allow loving and committed couples to marry in Illinois.”


Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the original family and ally organization. Made up of parents, families, friends, and straight allies uniting with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy. Now in its 41st year, PFLAG has more than 350 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities and rural areas in all 50 states. To learn more, visit www.pflag.org.