Illinois Governor to Sign Same-Sex Marriage Bill on Lincoln's Desk
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has decided he wants to sign the state bill allowing same-sex marriage on a desk that belonged to Abraham Lincoln.
The desk itself isn’t in Springfield, the state capital. It’s in Chicago, but Quinn is having it shipped south so he can sign the bill not only on Lincoln’s desk but also in the historic site that is the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, where Lincoln pursued his lawyer’s career from 1843 to 1852.
The same desk was where Lincoln wrote his 1861 inaugural address, in which he wrote to those who would tear the Union apart, “Will you, while the certain ills you fly to are greater than all the real ones you fly from, will you risk the commission of so fearful a mistake?”