Chicago Teachers Union backs Illinois marriage equality legislation

11IMG_2442_edited-1_s640x427Chicago area teachers are asking state lawmakers to listen up.

The Chicago Teachers Union, which just ended a massive strike in September, is encouraging members of the Illinois General Assembly to approve pending legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

“If the end result is the love of a child and the strengthening of the family bond, the parents’ sexual orientation should make no difference,” said CTU President Karen GJ Lewis. “All Illinois couples should be treated equally.”

The CTU contends that passing the bill will redefine notions of family, and will ultimately increase the possibility of children throughout the state to grow up in nurturing, stable environments. All Illinois residents deserve equal rights and fair access to benefits under the law, the CTU said in a statement.

“We are in full support this measure for two reasons — the equality it will help bring to our union members who are in committed, same-sex relationships, and the stability it will provide for the children and families we serve,” Lewis said.

The legislation has also received backing from several other prominent groups and elected officials. Follow previous and continuing coverage of the legislation here.