Jesse Tyler Ferguson, actor on the TV show "Modern Family" joined Lt. Governor Sheila Simon in Springfield to advocate for the bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois, The Chicago Tribune reports. The actor was there to promote "Bow Tie Lobby Day," and encourage supporting legislators to wear bow ties on Wednesday. Lt. Governor Simon responded to the letter sent by Cardinal George Francis and his bishops on Tuesday, stating their opposition to the bill.

“Families are not a constant thing and the law of how we build our families has changed greatly over time. … There are a lot of ways we put together families that don’t involve reproduction,” Simon said.

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