* The House approved the bill 61-54-2. The roll call is here
Rep. Tom Cross was a surprise Yes vote for the HGOP.
Keep an eye on the live coverage post for react and for coverage of a press conference by Rep. Greg Harris and Speaker Madigan.
…Adding… Press release…
CROSS STATEMENT ON SUPPORTING MARRIAGE EQUALITY
PLAINFIELD… Illinois State Representative and candidate for Illinois State Treasurer Tom Cross today released the following statement in response to his vote in support of legislation allowing for marriage equality.
“As a lawmaker, a father, a husband and a private citizen, individual freedom, equality and limited government are principles that are very important to me and help guide my thinking on issues. I believe they must always be considered when weighing where to stand on policies that affect Illinois citizens. Over the past several months, I have thought long and hard about those principles and how they apply to the marriage equality debate.
I also reached out to trusted and respected people in my life, including my father, who is a retired minister, my family and my own minister. In my discussions with them, it became very clear to me that supporting marriage equality was a stance consistent with those principles that have been so central to my thinking over these many years.
I believe that all citizens in Illinois should have the individual freedom to live their lives as they see fit and pursue happiness. I also believe that our government must treat everyone equally and not exclude citizens from engaging in marriage based on their sexual orientation. And lastly, I believe a limited government stays out of the private lives of law-abiding citizens and focuses on minimizing its footprint.
For me, supporting marriage equality is not only the right decision, but also consistent with my belief in individual freedom, equality and limited government. That is why I supported legislation that allows all citizens of Illinois regardless of their sexual orientation to engage in marriage that is recognized by our state. “