A group of prominent Latino leaders say legalizing gay marriage in Illinois would strengthen families and is “the right thing to do.”
In an open letter to lawmakers, 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 that would end the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. A House committee is scheduled to consider it later on Feb. 26. Activists say they have the votes on the executive committee to send the bill to the floor, where 60 votes will be needed.
If it passes the House, Gov. Pat Quinn has said he will 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.