The U.S. Supreme Court today began hearing arguments in two separate cases that could determine the federal response to marriage equality. (See the Sun-Times live blog of the hearings.)
Gays and lesbians are still not allowed legally to marry in 40 states, including Illinois, though the state legislature is halfway through the approval process on the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.
Earlier this week (and just days after another musician made headlines for anti-gay comments during a concert), Chicago singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy spoke out in support of the measure.
In a letter to the editor published in Tweedy's downstate hometown newspaper, The Belleville News-Democrat, the Wilco bandleader writes, "In my travels, I've witnessed firsthand that gay and lesbian couples want to marry for the same reasons all of us do -- to share a lifetime of commitment. I feel very strongly that everyone should be able to marry the person he or she loves and enjoy the dignity and respect that comes with that commitment.
"By excluding same-sex couples from marriage, our state saddles them, their children and itself with second-class status. That is wrong, and it hurts Illinois families and businesses."