Saturday, June 1, 2013

Illinois: Marriage Equality Delayed

Finally, Illinois state's House of Representative non-voted on gay marriage bill on May 31, the last day of the regular legislative session, as already noticed.

Rep. Greg Harris, the chief sponsor, would not bring the measure up for a vote, as he was not confident of enough support to pass it.  He took the floor and gave an impassioned speech, during which he broke down in tears, as he accepted responsibility for the bill’s delay, but said that his colleagues had asked for more time to speak to constituents. 

The bill needed 60 votes because the House has 118 members, but although Illinois has Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate, plus a Democratic governor, this time the majority has not been in favor of marriage equality. 

The vote is now expected to take place in September, when the next legislative session begins, and Representative Harris said he was taking his fellow representatives’ words that they would be ready to vote by then.

The 13th state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex couples will have to wait, after Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota have legalized marriage equality in a few weeks.

The equal marriage vote is delayed, but the fight is not over and really let's win this!

Illinois' House of Representative

Rep. Greg Harris' speech

Rep. Greg Harris speaks after non-vote

Rep. Ken Dunkin speaks after non-vote