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Gov. Pritzker's Statement on the Supreme Court's Decision to Allow Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples

Press Release - Friday, June 30, 2023

CHICAGO — Following the Supreme Court of the United States' decision to allow businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans, Governor JB Pritzker released the following statement:

"Today's Supreme Court decision allows LGBTQ+ discrimination to pervade under the guise of free speech. This decision weaponizes religious freedom as a boon for bigotry, and in doing so, puts the burden on the millions of Americans who have fought for their right to love and live as they are.

Throughout its 234-year legacy, the court has repeatedly had the opportunity to lead on the right side of history. Sometimes it has embraced that mantle of courage; but in its darkest hours, it has pushed civil rights to the wayside in the name of a retrograde agenda. Not yet ten years out from Obergefell, this court has turned its back on its mandate to protect the civil rights of all Americans.

LGBTQ Americans deserve the same protections and rights as everyone else. Make no mistake: in Illinois, I promise that we will continue to fight to ensure you are respected and safe no matter who you love."

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