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.