September 18, 2013

Steven Rynes and Robert Smith dreamed of marrying one day in Illinois, their home state, but because the state’s General Assembly has continued to stall on a bill that would legalize marriage equality, that dream was cut short last week.

After battling Stage 3 melanoma for several months, Rynes died Sept. 10 at a Chicago hospital. He was 32.

Following Rynes’ death, the Illinois Unites for Marriage coalition produced a video recounting the couples’ story in hopes of raising additional awareness around the issue of marriage equality and persuading those who may be on the fence when it comes to supporting their effort to make it law.

“Marriage can’t wait,” the video declares.