Grateful for Hoffman's support

December 1, 2013 

The Belleville Chapter of PFLAG (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), thanks Rep. Jay Hoffman for his support of Senate Bill 10, the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. Hoffman voted for equal access to the rights and responsibilities of marriage to all Illinois families. Recognizing that the definition of family has become very diverse \Hoffman understood that family in the eyes of a child is based upon that child's reality.

Hoffman chose to allow the children of same-sex parents equal access to the legal protections guaranteed to the families of children of heterosexual parents. His support of SB 10 does not nullify or weaken the legal rights and responsibilities intrinsic to marriage. His vote reflects his belief that all families are entitled to the same protections provided by legal marriage.

Thanks to Hoffman for choosing to respect the integrity of families of diversity rather than discriminate against them.

Teresa Schmidt

President, Belleville Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays O'Fallon

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