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.

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  • 1EqualityUSA

    Every time, in which our rights get put to a popular vote, win or lose, it still feels demoralizing. How dare equality be put to a vote.

  • Kevin B

    Since when are Illinois and Michigan neighbors?

  • Elloreigh

    I know I’m a broken record on this, but “Michigan, just introduced four (!) marriage equality bills” really doesn’t rate excitement once you realize the state has a Republican house, senate, and governor – who just signed a law that takes away domestic partnership benefits from public school employees.

    Michigan simply will not get marriage equality by means of legislative action.


  • Geoff B

    I live in Illinois, and I’m officially out of faith. Supermajority Democrats in both the House and Senate and a Democrat governor and they STILL couldn’t get this done? They have plenty of time to raise taxes and fees though. Can’t wait to leave.

  • gppm1103

    @Kevin B: I think sharing the border of Lake Michigan would qualify:-)

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