“My vote last February reinforces my commitment to ensuring that everyone’s basic human rights are upheld,” Delgado said. ”I am proud of the hard work of the sponsors, Senator Steans and Representative Harris, to ensure this important measure became law in Illinois.”
Senate Bill 10 will allow county clerks to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples. This will provide them the same access to benefits, protections, rights and responsibilities that other couples already enjoy.
While civil unions offer the same rights to same-sex couples on a state level, they do not offer any of the more than 1,100 federal benefits afforded to married couples. This legislation also allows those who have received a civil union to convert it to a marriage.
“I will continue to fight against the intolerance many people have experienced in their lives,” said Delgado. “In addition, I will work to ensure that the state does not pick and choose who deserves equal treatment and respect in our state.”