Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Signs Marriage Equality Into Law

State becomes the 16th in the nation to pass marriage equality legislation.
3:00 | 11/20/13

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Transcript for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Signs Marriage Equality Into Law
Okay. We've heard her represented Gregg -- Steve mentioned. About Abraham Lincoln. And Jim and Patrick just mentioned it Abraham Lincoln national cemetery. And we are the land of Lincoln and we understand how important. Abraham Lincoln's legacy. And words. Are to us at all times and it's -- -- most meaningful that yesterday -- -- wondered fiftieth anniversary. Of the Gettysburg address. Delivered by Abraham Lincoln. In 272. Words in it really spoke. Natalie in 1863. But for all time for all of us who live in America. In the very beginning of the Gettysburg address president Abraham Lincoln of Illinois said that our nation was conceived in liberty. And he said it's dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. And that's really what we're celebrating today -- a triumph of democracy. But -- of the government of the people. That we believe in liberty and equality. And we're making sure that's part of our law. I think it's very very meaningful that the desk that I'm going to be signing my name to and I will. Have a lot of -- design -- And I want to make sure that we mark this day this test was used by Abraham Lincoln to right. One of his inaugural addresses -- I think that we understand. In our state the part of our unfinished business is to help other states in the United States of America achieved marriage equality. Okay. We want to have a new -- of freedom across America so that all fifty states of our nation. Have marriage equality. And -- love is that relegated to a second class citizen citizen status for any citizen in our country. And I think it's important. As we approach the moment of signing the bill into law that we remember the words of a man named hall. Who said that centuries ago that love is patient. Love is kind. Loved bears all things love believes all things love hopes all things love endures all things. Love never. Fails and I'm -- said his bill right now. Yeah. Yeah government. -- more from. -- It will. -- and police don't I got me. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Okay.

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