Marriage Equality Vote in Illinois House 'Any Day Now'
The Illinois House could vote on the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act as early as this week, the Windy City Times reports:
Next week is also possible, although LGBT leaders said they want to see a vote as soon as possible. The constituents of undecided lawmakers have been inundated with calls in recent days, and prominent supporters for the bill have been turning up pressure. If the bill passes in the House, it is expected to become law. Gov. Pat Quinn strongly supports the measure and has vowed to sign it into law. He drove home that message in a statement released to supporters March 11.
The bill's sponsor Greg Harris describes the atmosphere as "very heated":
Harris urged supporters not to assume their lawmakers will support the bill, and to call them and ask them to vote yes, even if they feel confident in where their lawmaker stands.
Asked if sponsors were close to securing the 60 "yes" votes needed to pass the bill, Harris simply said, "very."
Illinois residents can find out how to call lawmakers HERE.