Couple of the Week: Tressa and Lauren
Thursday, Oct 17, 2013
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Tressa Feher and Lauren Peters have been together for six years. They have been through a lot in that time, including Tressa’s 2011 surgery and treatment for breast cancer. Last year, they bought a house together, and they are expecting their first child in November.
“It has been an incredibly exciting year for us,” Lauren says.
Tress and Lauren are like any other couple, and they want the same things other couples want. Most of all, they want the freedom to make a lifelong commitment to each other. They want the security of knowing they can always protect each other.
But Illinois denies them the freedom to marry. “We’ve talked about going to Iowa or Minnesota since DOMA was overturned, but Illinois is our home,” Tressa says.
This isn’t just about the legal protections marriage affords. It’s about dignity. It’s about equality before the law. It’s about fairness.
It is time for the Illinois House of Representatives to get on the right side of history and pass SB10. It’s time to stop excluding same-sex couples from marriage. Illinois families can’t wait.
For more information, visit IllinoisUnites.org.