Marriage Fails in Illinois — But There’s Still Plenty of Cause for Optimism

How’s your hangover, Illinois? After the oh-so-close failure of the marriage bill on Friday, you are totally justified in drinking your way through the weekend. That hurt. For real.

But now it’s time to roll up your sleeves, wipe off that runny mascara, and remind yourself why things are far from hopeless:

  • That was the closest Illinois has ever come to legalizing marriage
  • Polling shows public support at record high levels
  • Your neighbor to the east, Michigan, just introduced four (!) marriage equality bills
  • The bill could still pass when the legislature reconvenes in the fall

So, buck up. You shot an arrow and it went real high. Now keep shooting. We know how this story is going to end.