Illinois House Panel Advances Marriage Equality Bill in 6-5 Vote

ILThe Illinois House Executive Committee tonight advanced SB-10, or the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, passed by the Senate last week, in a 6-5 vote.

The bill now proceeds to the full House, and if passed, Governor Pat Quinn has said he will sign it.


  1. Icebloo says

    Very disappointed this passed by such a small margin. It seems hate is still alive and well in the hearts and minds of politicians in Illinois.

    I really hope this passes but I think the Republicans and the weak, scared Democrats may halt this. Hopefully the brave Democrats will outweigh the pathetic ones. We already got stabbed in the back by the weak, pathetic Democratic liars in Hawaii this year.

  2. Lee says

    @icebloo it was this close simply because there are 4 GOP and 1 independent on the committee they voted against it most committees are split pretty evenly with the majority party simply have 1 or two more seats Than the minority party.

  3. Rob says

    @JackFknTwist – No, the best you could hope for is release of the audio from the hearing. And if they that, (which they don’t do all the time) it won’t be live.

  4. says

    @JackFknTwist & @Rob – Maybe someone will do a same-day reenactment (from memory and clandestine tweets) on YouTube. But would it be a drama, a comedy, or a satire? And who would play Scalia? A mute could play Clarence Thomas since he never speaks IRL.

  5. LincolnLounger says

    No whining about the GOP on this one. Democrats have a supermajority in each of the legislative bodies of the Illinois General Assembly.

    Even one of the 6 “aye” votes said he would only vote for it in committee and couldn’t be counted on in the final vote (Arroyo).

    A long way to 60 and final approval, I’m afraid.

  6. nn says

    I am far from sure that they manage to get the 60 votes they need to pass it:( But we must not give up, and everyone should try to do what they can (call,talk to peole, give money etc) to try to keep up the pressure on it and try to change those people who would vote no, to yes votes!

  7. Rob says

    If even repugnant Meg Whitman comes out in favor of marriage equality, it’s over. The last holdouts will look even more selfish and bigoted than she, and that’s saying something.

  8. Jake says

    Of the 7 Democrats on the Committee, one voted against it. One of the Democrats who voted if for it from Chicago says he will not vote for it once it reaches the House floor because of his religious beliefs and constituent objections. The pending vote on gay marriage comes just two years after the General Assembly approved a law legalizing civil unions between same-sex couples. Of the 61 who approved the measure in the House at the time, just 36 remain. That leaves supporters needing to round up at least 24 more “yes” votes.

    Many of the newer members of the House say they are opposed to gay marriage.

    Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, said she thinks legalizing same-sex marriage is premature.

    “We’ve had civil unions, and it hasn’t even been two years,” Scherer said. “The purpose of the civil union was to give people in this situation the rights they felt they deserved. I think that needs to have time to go through the system before we go further.

  9. Kyle says

    I live in Southern Illinois and what a lot of people don’t realize is how conservative it is down here. It’s on a continuum with Kentucky, southern Indiana and Missouri. Illinois is a blue state only because Chicago is so populous. Southwestern Illinois also leans blue because of St. Louis pouring over the Mississippi.

  10. Lymis says

    “The purpose of the civil union was to give people in this situation the rights they felt they deserved. I think that needs to have time to go through the system before we go further.”

    TRANSLATION: “We gave them a small pile of crumbs while claiming that what we have as straight people is the most important right we have in our own lives, and we need more than two years to figure out it isn’t good enough.”

    Premature? How long do you need to have to figure out that “Nowhere near the same rights as marriage” isn’t equality?

  11. Patric says

    LincolnLounger, you are nothing if not predictable in your consistent earnestness to apologize for Republicans. All four Republicans vote against the bill, the bill receives all of its needed votes to get out of committee from Dems and you say that we shouldn’t be whining about your beloved Republicans on this one??? Seriously??? It is only because the members of your party – and don’t protest that you’re an independent, because you are constantly polluting these threads with your defense of all things Republican – will be giving zero or next to zero votes to this bill that we are left in a position of having to get 85% of Dem votes for passage. If this bill fails by a few votes despite getting 75% or 80% of Dem votes, it will most certainly be your party that is primarily responsible for holding us back.

    Incredible (from anyone other than you, from whom this is simply predictable).

  12. Sergio says

    When does it go to the full house? Everyone in Illinois needs to make sure they contact their representatives!

  13. LincolnLounger says

    Patrice, you are dead wrong as usual. My point is consistent in that I try to point out that not all Democrats are our friends and not all Republicans are our enemies. Just like not all gay men can be categorized.

    Our community is served best when we have friends in both parties, and painting with a broad brush rarely serves anybody well.

    I hate the Michele Bachmanns, Rick Santorums, Steve Kings, Joe Walshes, etc., as much as you do. On the other hand, I love Jon Huntsman, Mark Kirk, and a few others. Frankly, I would probably become a Democrat if a single one of them was fiscally prudent.

  14. Duration & Convexity says

    Well, it seems in this case…the democrats are the ones who are standing in the way of equality. Especially ethnic minority democrats (which is a dang shame and all homphobic democrats should be held accountable!)

    Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-Chicago) saying he wouldn’t support gay marriage because of his “religious beliefs” should be held accountable for his prejudice. That he has D next to his name and benefits from so many resources that the gay community affords him and his party is all the more reason we need to start holding these homophobic democrat policy makers to higher standards. They earn way too much from our LGBT contributions to play games with our civil rights.

  15. Kyle says

    Why is it when republicans block marriage equality…we are livid but when democrats do so, we let it slide and just wait until they come around (even if it takes them years) It’s really unfortunate and reason why our equality is stalled in so many states.