Illinois House Fails To Muster Votes To Pass Marriage Equality Bill

illinois-houseThe Illinois House of Representatives failed to vote on a gay marriage bill today, effectively killing in until the next legislative session in the fall. Illinois would have will become the 13th state to approve marriage equality

Lawmakers have been dragging their feet, leaving the gay marriage vote, among other issues, for the very last minute

The marriage equality bill, authored by openly gay state Rep. Greg Harris, failed to come up in legislature on Thursday, leading supporters to worry about the fate of marriage equality in the state.

Gov. Pat Quinn had vowed to sign the bill into law.

“I am disappointed that the House of Representatives in the Land of Lincoln did not pass a historic measure that would have guaranteed equal rights and benefits for all citizens,” the Democratic governor said. “This is not over. The fight goes on. We will keep on fighting until marriage equality is law in Illinois.”

Lambda Legal, ACLU of Illinois and Equality Illinois rallied in front of the State House in Springfield today, the final day of the  legislative session, to urge the Speaker and representatives to vote on marriage equality.

While at a fundraiser  in Chicago on Wednesday, President Obama pushed for a vote, noting that gay marriage is “something that I deeply support.” Previously, former President Bill Clinton threw his support behind the bill as well.

Photo: State Rep. David Reis

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  • Daniel-Reader

    Translation: The Democrats who hold a veto-proof majority in the House have thrown gay people under the bus to appease some hypocritical religious leaders who line their pockets with church cash even though working of the Sabbath is strictly forbidden by the bible. Any democrats who said they “need the summer” should be challenged and replaced in the next election. Any democrat who hasn’t publically said they support marriage equality should be replaced.

  • Geoff B

    Daniel, you are 100 percent right. The Illinois Democrats have pretty much destroyed this state. This could have been their saving grace, but they failed. I have embarked on a nagging campaign to convince my partner to put our house on the market and have started checking listings in New Hampshire and Delaware. Our legislature could fuck up a one car funeral and I’m done. I want out.

  • John

    Y E P P …….

    I S N ‘ T it G R E A T …….

  • Geoff B

    As disappointed as I am. If poster number 3 killed himself, it would make it all better.

  • hephaestion

    The Illinois legislature needs to be 100% voted out of office and replaced by legislators who will give us EQUALITY AND JUSTICE!!

  • Harley

    Watch what you say because repugnant-klans/nazi’s are great at rigging elections and gerrymandering the opposing party out of office. Just look what they did in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Democratic states gerrymandered to have republican majorities in the state houses. They are also the three states trying to gerrymander the electoral college to give a repugnant-klan presidential candidates a lock on the presidency, AGAINST THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.

  • Snapper59

    Yeah Yeah Yeah, the repuglican klans, again.
    I read that the Illinois Black Congressional Delegation has 16 members and only 2 supported it and the Chicago papers are laying the blame completely at their doorstep.
    Damn rethuglican nazis.

  • Daniel-Reader

    At least now we all know who the opponents of equality are so they can be dealt with. Start working to replace any Illinois politician regardless of party who has not openly declared their support for equality (this is the second session they have hidden behind not voting on the measure and they’ve had 105 days to interact with their districts so the “need the summer” excuse is a blatant lie to stall further). And remove House Speaker Madigan who clearly has no leadership because he cannot get passed what more than 70% of Democrats support, even when he has not only a veto-proof majority in the Illinois House but also some Republican support for the measure. And remember to tell your family, friends, and allies never give money to state parties in states without equality because the money goes to elect bad anti-equality candidates. Only give money to candidates who publicly support marriage equality, etc.

  • fredo777

    I watched this happen (or should I say not happen) via the live stream + I was so pissed, I can’t put it into words.

  • Daniel-Reader

    They are trying to push the vote until after the deadline to register to run against them in the election so they can betray once more and not have people challenge them, so get people registered to run against them as Democrats so when they betray the people again they can be challenged and voted out.

  • balehead

    The black members said they couldn’t vote because of their churches….sounds lame again..

  • Charli Girl

    Get rid of each and EVERY Democrat that failed to do their job!!! End of discussion,no ” do overs”
    C o w a r d s!

  • alexoloughlin

    Apparently, there has been an extension to bring the bill to a vote by no later than August 31, 2013.

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