ICIRR STATEMENT ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY

May 23, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ICIRR STATEMENT ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY 

As an organization dedicated to the full inclusion of all Americans, whether foreign-born or native-born, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) supports marriage equality. 

ICIRR believes that full equality and civic participation should extend to recognition of all families, including those involving same-sex partnerships.  Such recognition should extend to our immigration laws, our family laws, and to other areas of law that affect our families.   While we recognize that there are differences of opinion within immigrant and faith-based communities regarding same-sex marriages, including among our members, the majority of our members - and therefore our organization - believe that a full respect for our state’s and our nation’s diversity demands that we not discriminate based on whom we love, and that we call upon an end to such discrimination in our local, state, and federal laws.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visit www.icirr.org.

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