Beating D.C. Councilman David Catania to the punch with autumn marriage equality legislation, Illinois State Sen. Heather Steans just introduced her own bill. The Equal Marriage Act, filed yesterday, matches the language of a marriage bill that gay Rep. Greg Harris introduced in the Illinois House — the first time the Senate did so.
Sure, neighboring Iowa already has gay marriage on the books, but Illinois is Obama territory! And while the president has so far been silent on individual states’ gay marriage victories (and silent on the use of his words to fight marriage equality in Maine), there remains a smidgen of hope the leader of the free world would lobby his lawmaker friends on our behalf. After all, if the man can head to Copenhagen to lobby for the Olympics, surely he can spare a few phone calls for our equal rights?