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Marriage Equality On 'Fast Track' In Illinois, Says House Sponsor

6a00d8341c730253ef017c357d6694970b-200wiThe push to legalize marriage equality in Illinois stalled during the lame duck session of the outgoing state congress, but that doesn't mean the mission has come to an end.

Rep. Greg Harris, sponsor of the bill in the state House, told Chicago's CBS News affiliate that the bill could very well pass among the new congressional class

"We are on a fast track to passing marriage equality in the state of Illinois," he said.

Harris said a new measure on same-sex marriage is coming "very soon." He said sentiment in support of same-sex marriage has been growing quickly in recent years.

"The people of America are ahead of us," said Harris. "They are doing the right thing. They believe the right thing. The journey is short, because people want it to be short. The journey to full marriage is not going to be as long as we thought, because folks have talked to their neighbors, they've talked to their clergy people; they’ve decided treating every couple equally in the eyes of the law is the right thing to do."

Harris also pointed out that the younger lawmakers sworn in this week are more likely than older predecessors to support full marriage for same-sex couples.

"If you look in the House, you’ve got a lot of people who are younger, and folks who are younger see this as a vote of true equality. It’s something they’ve grown up with, it's something their kids talk to them about when they come home from school, it's what people believe in," he said.

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  1. I can't wait to see Mr. Brown's head explode!

    Posted by: Frank | Jan 10, 2013 5:49:56 PM

  2. Seriously? You're writing a political news story and you don't know the difference between Congress and a state General Assembly?

    Posted by: Paul | Jan 10, 2013 6:56:39 PM

  3. Poor Maggie and Brian, looks like they will be in the unemployment line sooner that later...

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jan 10, 2013 7:23:56 PM

  4. Illinois would be the first time that a midwestern state voted in same-sex marriage through the legislature. It WOULD be a milestone, and more proof that last November's success reflected a sea change in attitudes towards gays.

    I'm looking forward to more images of happy couples exchanging vows. This is an exciting time in American history. I've never been on the liberal side of social change before. So far I'm loving it!

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 10, 2013 7:45:40 PM

  5. Thank you, Paul. General Assembly or state legislature, not state congressmen. Yikes.

    That being said, we are unfortunately still a ways away. Sen. Heather Steans badly mangled this issue in the lame duck session, and the gang that can't shoot straight, who promised not to move it forward until they had the votes, humiliated themselves.

    Instead of rushing, whatever time they need to get the house in order should be taken. Lots of people went out on a limb (like the state GOP chair and some downstate Dems), and Steans and Harris cut the tree down.

    Too many people are worried about taking credit for the eventuality instead of getting the job done.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Jan 10, 2013 8:45:36 PM

  6. Paul:

    This is a piece by Andrew Belonsky, a man who thinks that "problematize" is a word that people use in the real world. He obviously was hired by Towleroad not for his knowledge of politics, government, or public policy, nor for his writing ability. He likely was hired out of pity, since it is difficult for "cultural studies" majors to find paying jobs.

    Posted by: Dee | Jan 11, 2013 3:06:16 PM

  7. Is it necessary for people to be so mean to Andrew Belonsky? We all could use an upgrade to our knowledge on most topics. And a lot of the grammatical mistakes he makes are standard errors today. It isn't easy to be a writer/editor. She sheer volume of writing you produce almost guarantees that numerous mistakes will be made. But Towleroad is a delight to read, and no flaws of Mr. Belonsky have changed that. My mother was an English teacher and told me some years back that the New York Times is now full of grammatical mistakes everywhere - and the Times hires its new proofreaders from selective colleges. Who else would his critics suggest Andy Towle hire?

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 11, 2013 4:11:00 PM

  8. "She sheer volume of writing you produce"

    THE sheer volume....

    This is what happens when you fail to proofread!

    Posted by: Mary | Jan 11, 2013 4:12:25 PM

  9. I have no desire to be mean to Mr. Belonsky. I'm sure he means well. I depend on Towleroad to keep me informed and I appreciate the work they do. I've made plenty of mistakes myself. However when someone points out my errors, I correct them.

    Posted by: Paul | Jan 11, 2013 4:53:49 PM

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