Legislators are set to consider a bill that would legalize same sex marriage in Illinois, but not without a major debate that has garnered the attention of celebrities.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson of the ABC show "Modern Family" is joining the political fight over gay marriage in Illinois.
The actor is openly gay.
He portrays a gay character on the sitcom and joined Lt. Governor Sheila Simon at the Thompson Center on Wednesday morning to launch "Marriage Equality Days of Action" in support of the bill. Thursday, Ferguson will head to Springfield to do some lobbying.
The actor founded a not-for-profit organization called "Tie the Knot" that sells limited edition bow ties, with proceeds going to charitable organizations that support same sex marriage.
Ferguson and his fiancé partnered with Naperville company The Tie Bar to make a line of bow ties with proceeds going toward marriage equity efforts. Their most recent tie is formal tie meant to be worn at a wedding.
"I certainly respect everyone's right to their opinion but I think at the end of the day we all have to agree that treating any American as a second class citizen is not okay," said Ferguson.
"We are calling on all of us and our extended family to call on their legislators and really move Illinois forward," said Simon.