IL4M: It's about time

Wed. November 6, 2013 11:11 AM by News Staff

waymon hudson (right) and husband anthony niedwieki

Chicago, IL - The Illinois General Assembly passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act on Tuesday. The measure was initially approved by the Senate on Valentine's Day, but stalled in the House on May 31 -- disappointing marriage rights advocates and allies. contributor Waymon Hudson shared his reaction after Tuesday's landmark vote:

While there will be time for analysis in the coming days, I can't help but sit back, take off my journalist hat and let the tears of happiness wash down my face. This isn't just a piece of legislation—this is a very personal moment of recognition for me and my family. You see, I have been with my husband for 12 years. This will be the first time in all of those years that we will live in a state that recognizes our marriage, our commitment and our love. So while there is much work do to in our quest for equality, tonight I will pull my husband close, share tears of joy and celebrate this moment of history not just for our state, but for our family. —Waymon Hudson, @waymonhudson

Waymon Hudson's reaction ran as part of a larger feature in Wednesday's Chicago RedEye.

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