CHICAGO – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will be joined in Chicago on Wednesday by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, a star of ABC’s hit comedy “Modern Family,” to launch marriage equality days of action.
Simon and Ferguson will be joined by marriage equality advocates to encourage Illinoisans to contact their legislators on Wednesday and join a Bow Tie Lobby Day in Springfield on Thursday that urges the General Assembly to pass marriage equality legislation during the January legislative session.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that everyone is treated equally under the law, and right now we have a group of citizens that we are treating as second-class,” said Simon, a longtime advocate for marriage equality and LGBT rights.
Ferguson and his fiancé, Justin Mikita, recently launched a not-for-profit organization called “Tie The Knot,” that sells unique, limited-edition bow ties, with profits going to charitable organizations that are working for marriage equality throughout the country. The bow ties are sold through The Tie Bar, a Naperville-based company which Simon, Ferguson and Mikita will visit on Wednesday afternoon. To commemorate this occasion, Ferguson and Mikita released a limited-edition Signature Black Wedding tie which is available through TieTheKnot.org or by visiting TheTieBar.com.
Illinois would be the 10th state to allow gay marriage.