A group of prominent Illinois Latino leaders says legalizing gay marriage in Illinois would strengthen families and is “the right thing to do.”
In an open letter to lawmakers Sunday, 23 Latino leaders say all families deserve to be treated with respect.
Among those signing the letter are former Chicago City Clerk Miguel Del Valle and Sylvia Puente, executive director of the Latino Policy Forum.
The Illinois Senate approved a bill earlier this month to end the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
A House committee is expected to consider it Tuesday.
If it passes the House, Governor Quinn says he’ll sign the legislation, making Illinois the 10th state where same-sex couples may marry.
Opponents say the proposal endangers religious freedom and diminishes the sanctity of marriage.
Bob Hamilton, KMOX News