Achieving Marriage Equality
Dan Hynes has been a long-time advocate of equal rights for the LGBT community. Dan has consistently stood arm-in-arm with our brothers and sisters of the LGBT community in the fight for equality and he will continue to be a forceful advocate as Governor. Dan has worked towards achieving equality for members of the LGBT community in many ways, including by:
* Being an early and ardent supporter of the sexual orientation amendment to the Human Rights Act.
* Becoming one of the first constitutional officers to extend health care benefits to domestic partners of his employees.
* Co-authoring a letter, signed by other constitutional officers, demanding that the General Assembly call equal rights legislation for a vote.
* Consistently and forcefully advocating for better budgeting to preserve and protect funding that enables social service agencies to serve the LGBT community.
While Dan has worked to achieve these successes over the years, he knows that we can and must continue to fight for full equality. That is why Dan is pushing for marriage equality in Illinois. Dan believes that if two committed adults want to express their love and their commitment to each other through marriage, they should be allowed to do so under civil law. Dan believes this in his heart and is the only Democratic candidate for Governor to take this stand and he is ready to stand with the more than 30,000 same-sex couples in Illinois in the fight for marriage equality.
As Governor, Dan will make these and other LGBT issues a priority and use the bully pulpit of his office to advocate for full equality. Additionally, he will work with leaders at the federal level to make federal policies more reflective of the beliefs of the American people. Dan will be a Governor whose door is always open to the LGBT community and whose ears are always open to their concerns and ideas.