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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:

ILNext 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.

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  1. So if a vote could come any day now, they must have the votes?

    Posted by: Emmy | Mar 11, 2013 7:22:32 PM

  2. As a Democrat I am DISGUSTED we are having to beg for Democrat votes to pass this law. SHAME ON THE ILLINOIS DEMOCRATIC PARTY !

    I thought the days of weak, spineless & self-serving Democrats was over. Unfortunately the useless Democrats in Illinois have show the cowardly loser Democrats are still alive and well.

    I hope any Democrat who votes against us will be removed from office at the next election. They disgust me.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Mar 11, 2013 7:30:01 PM

  3. @ Icebloo You have to remember that these are not national democrats; they are state democrats that often represent rural, and more conservative districts.

    Posted by: James | Mar 11, 2013 8:13:23 PM

  4. As a resident of Illinois I am DISGUSTED that I have to beg anyone, Democratic or Republican, for basic civil rights. It's about time the Supreme Court put this issue to rest and extended the equal protection of the laws to me as well as to my heterosexual neighbors.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 11, 2013 8:29:41 PM

  5. fact is these people Rep or Dem are elected officials and will not put their asses on the line unless given a reason to do so if you can't show how it's in their best interest to pass the law they will not vote for it, that is how democracy works don't like it move to a monarchy/communist state.

    Posted by: lee | Mar 11, 2013 8:33:18 PM

  6. Well I guess that it's a good thing we don't live in a democracy then. We live in a Constitutional republic where my rights are protected (or at least they are supposed to be) regardless of the political cost to the elected officials.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 11, 2013 8:41:59 PM

  7. rights are nothing but a made up word used to make the idiot masses happy, fact is nothing gets done without either massive public support or a clear intensive to the elected lawmakers with out one or the other you can expect crap.

    Posted by: lee | Mar 11, 2013 8:53:35 PM

  8. I honestly expect nothing until the DOMA/Prop 8 cases. We better hope Prop 8 isn't upheld or we're going to be in a lot longer muddy fight to attain equality. I expect nothing here in Illinois but hope for the best. That's all we can do.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 11, 2013 8:57:09 PM

  9. Politicians almost never stick their neck out for something that they think will not go over well with their constituents. As stated, many Democrats are conservative or moderate and represent districts that are against same-sex marriage. For these officials, voting for same-sex marriage may cost them the next election. As for the courts, the US Supreme Court is highly unlikely to find a federal right to same-sex marriage with only 9 states currently legalizing the practice. Courts will be very reluctant to undo state constitutions that ban same-sex marriage, especially in light of the fact that voters in 32 plus states have voted against same sex marriage. They will probably defer to the states to decide what to do with issue and call it the will of the people.

    Posted by: Jake | Mar 11, 2013 10:49:51 PM

  10. It is shameful with 60% democrats in the house that we are having to BEG! More sahmeful that no Republicans in teh House are supporting it YET getting away with it by the national/state media?? Republicans in office are not supporting Marriage equality !!

    Posted by: steve rubio | Mar 12, 2013 12:06:53 AM

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