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Wilco's Jeff Tweedy backs Illinois gay marriage bill

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Jeff Tweedy performs with Wilco Monday December 12, 2011 at the Civic Opera House. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

Jeff Tweedy, frontman of alt-rock godfathers and Chicago institution Wilco, has publicly backed gay marriage in his home state of Illinois in an opinion letter posted on the Belleville News-Democrat website. The announcement isn't much of a surprise given Tweedy's, and Wilco's, involvement supporting Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Obama during their respective campaigns. But it's another highly visible figure in Illinois backing the bill which has yet to be voted on by the state house.

Check out the full letter at the BND website and an excerpt below.

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.

Nine other states have already extended the freedom to marry to gay and lesbian couples. I work and have friends in all those states, and I can say assuredly that it's time for Illinois to join them.

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Ohhhh, thuperrrrrr.

Let's write about another semi-celebrity who supports gay marriage.

I'm glad he doesn't have any concerns about how the state leadership is running Illinois into the ground financially.

Ana....you are calling people names and name calling doesn't make an argument and seems silly.

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