Rep. Mell Announces Same-Sex Wedding Bells

Rep. Deborah Mell

Rep. Deborah Mell, D-Chicago, has announced her plans to marry her same-sex partner Christin Baker, in Iowa. Full coverage here and here. In 2008, Mell became the first openly lesbian candidate ever elected to the state legislature. She and Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, are the only two out LGBT members of the Illinois General Assembly. Mell was arrested in 2004 while protesting her inability to get a marriage license from the Cook County clerk’s office.

Congratulations to the couple! We wish them all the best.

Watch her announcement at the Illinois House of Representatives in which she speaks about the need for equality in Illinois:

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