Illinois state lawmaker makes a personal case for gay marriage

Last week, Illinois lawmaker Deborah Mell spoke on the state House floor to announce her “bittersweet” engagement to her girlfriend of six years — “bittersweet” because she’ll have to go next door to Iowa to tie the knot instead of doing it in the state where she grew up, where she now represents 100,000 people and where gay marriage and even civil unions are illegal. It’s a great short speech — check out the slightly longer video of the speech (though lower quality) which has her making the announcement to cheers of congratulations.