11/21/2013 2:01:00 PM Quotes on Legalizing Gay Marriage
CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed gay marriage into law in Illinois. Here are quotes and reaction to the bill signing. “We understand in our state that part of our unfinished business is to help other states in the United States of America achieve marriage equality. We want to have a new birth of freedom across America ... and love is not relegated to a second class status to any citizen in our country.” — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. “We are witnessing one of the most significant demonstrations of justice in Illinois history.” — Illinois Senate President John Cullerton. “The bill is called the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. But this act is neither free nor fair for people of religious convictions.” — Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel at the Thomas More Society.
“History will show that we got it right on this one ... I just want to end by noting that I am available to be a flower girl and I’ll even waive the fee.” — Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
“We’re here to celebrate, family, commitment, equality, love, courage and community.” — Rep. Greg Harris, a Chicago Democrat who sponsored the bill.
“It’s time to stop planning rallies. It’s time to start planning weddings.” — Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon