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Marriage fairness will protect families

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My family is the most important thing in my life. One year ago, my partner and I were blessed with the birth of our first son. Although there were challenges bringing him into this world, all we want is to give him the best life possible. Passage of a gay marriage bill in Illinois could help to do this.

There is no hidden agenda. Gay and lesbian individuals simply want to make a lifetime commitment to the person they love and protect our families. My partner and I made a commitment to each other and have been blessed to be able to recognize this with a civil union. However, our relationship is no different from a straight couple's, and we simply want to protect our family with the same rights that any married couple in Illinois currently has. We support the freedom-to-marry bill, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. We hope that you will do the same.

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