No Marriage Equality Vote in Illinois This Week

There's still hope before the end of the legislative session on January 9, but it's running out. Senate Democrats say it will not happen this week.

IllinoissenateThe Windy City Times reports:

Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda, confirmed that Senate Democrats have stated that the vote will not come to pass Jan. 3 or 4. Repeated foibles have raised serious questions about whether the vote can pass by Jan. 9, when new lawmakers are sworn in.

Senate Democrats had hoped for a vote on Thursday, but they failed to secure the votes to waive a 24-hour rule on the posting of the original marriage bill. Democrats then tacked marriage equality onto an unrelated bill in an attempt to push it through faster.

But two supportive senators have been called away from Springfield on family emergencies, leaving sponsors scrambling to secure needed votes.

"It doesn't mean that the whole marriage equality bill in the lame duck session dies," said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.

However, a big push remains for supportive senators. The Senate will have to be called back for a special session on Jan. 8 if they are take up marriage equality before Jan. 9. That would mean that the House will be voting on marriage before the Senate takes it up.

The Illinois House is scheduled to reconvene on January 6-7.


  1. KT says

    I think they should have gotten all their ducks in a row in IL before rushing a vote on same sex marriage. We were basically assured it would pass. Now there are procedural issues, legislative tricks, absent senators, and now the bill possibly won’t even be voted on this session. Sloppy work all around. For once I wish we could get beyond the two steps forward, one step back momentum we seem to be stuck in.

  2. Stefan says

    If it doesn’t pass now, it will for sure pass in the new session, where Democrats have supermajorities in both chambers of the legislature.

  3. Tony C. says

    While I’d like for the current legislature to pass the marriage equality late this week and early next week….the most important thing is to get it passed before the Supreme starts hearing oral arguments on the Perry/Prop 8 and the Windsor/DOMA cases. The more US states that are on board, the more leverage the Swing voter, Anthony Kennedy has to make a case for voting on the side of marriage equality. So it would be great to also get Marriage Equality legal in Rhode Island and any other state before March.