Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie is urging her colleagues in the House to pass the freedom to marry. In a letter circulated to members of the House on Friday, Majority Leader Currie says that Illinois is missing out on the economic benefits of extending marriage to same-sex couples:
“Illinois has been missing out on this economic opportunity long before Minneapolis’ mayor unleashed his advertising campaign in our state
For whichever reason moves you, it’s time we stop playing second fiddle to our neighbors and do what is best for our state …”
Earlier this month, Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak traveled to Chicago to launch an advertising campaign urging same-sex couples in Illinois to travel to Minnesota — a state that has already passed marriage equality.
A recent study by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute found that marriage equality would be an economic boon to Illinois. In the first three years, the state’s wedding business would increase by $74 million, generate $29 million in tourism expenditures by out-of-town guests, raise total state and local tax revenue by $8.5 million, and create approximately 281 jobs, according to the study.
We thank Majority Leader Flynn for speaking out for marriage equality and look forward to working with her in the coming weeks to make the freedom to marry law in Illinois once and for all.
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