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IL Governor Pat Quinn Hopes to Get Marriage Equality Bill in January

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, in a roundtable with reporters, expressed hope that the state's marriage equality bill would pass next month, the Chicago Tribune reports:

Quinn“I hope that bill goes forward,” Quinn said when asked about the possibility of the measure being passed before new lawmakers are sworn in Jan. 9. “It’s the House that probably the key arena at this time, and I think we’ll see how the members look at that issue. They should study it carefully and vote their conscience.”

Quinn’s comments on same-sex marriage came during a roundtable with reporters at the Chicago office of Bloomberg News, where the governor reiterated the need for lawmakers to act on pension reform during the waning days of the legislative session. The timing is important, as lawmakers who aren’t returning to office are more likely to vote in favor of controversial issues.

Writes Illinois LGBT rights group The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) in a statement:

“We are pleased that Governor Quinn has made equal marriage legislation one of his top priorities,” stated Rick Garcia, Director of the Equal Marriage Illinois Project. “Although this is a priority, work still needs to be done to get the votes within the General Assembly. With that said, we have really seen a very strong shift in favorability throughout the state in both polling and in our work within communities. We have been working across Illinois, and even in conservative areas that you would think would be completely against same-sex marriage we have seen an uptick in support."

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  1. Here's hoping he gets to it before he winds up in jail like all the other Illinois governors.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Dec 10, 2012 10:08:20 PM

  2. Quinn of Ill, Cuomo of NY and O'Malley of Md. All are Roman Catholics and liberal domocratic governors.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 10, 2012 10:58:09 PM

  3. If they don't get it through during lame duck, it'll easily pass during the regular session, since Democrats now have super-majorities in both chambers of the legislature.

    Posted by: Stefan | Dec 11, 2012 12:02:28 AM

  4. Sorry, Stefan, but you don't have a clue. Democrats have had a stranglehold on state government for a long time, but they haven't passed any equality measures except in lame duck sessions. The super majorities won't make much difference as none of these measures have had to worry about a veto from the Governor. Lots of conservative Dems aren't there yet.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Dec 11, 2012 1:27:39 AM

  5. Quinn is surprisingly pretty clean. The last two did go to prison though and three of the last 5 or 6.

    Posted by: Mike Friedman | Dec 11, 2012 2:39:44 AM

  6. Of course there are conservative Democrats, but there will also be some pro-equality Republicans. Keep in mind too that the majorities of Democrats will now be larger then they were when civil unions passed.

    Posted by: Stefan | Dec 11, 2012 2:51:08 AM

  7. Their Democrat majorities went from large to historic. Conservative Democrats are the problem, and the Democrats could have taken care of this a long time ago if they were serious.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Dec 11, 2012 4:55:19 AM

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