Gay Marriage | Greg Harris | Illinois | News

BigGayDeal.com

Rep. Greg Harris Weeps Announcing Illinois House Will Not Vote on Marriage Equality: VIDEO

G_harris

Today, on the last day of the session, after weeks of lobbying and support from President Obama and prominent Democrats, a tearful Rep. Greg Harris made an emotional announcement that the Illinois House would not be voting on marriage equality because certain lawmakers wanted more time.

Said Harris: "I apologize to the families who were hoping to wake up tomorrow as full and equal citizens of this state."

Harris was followed by openly gay Rep. Deborah Mell, who delivered a blistering condemnation of the bill's failure.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Mell

Feed This post's comment feed

Comments

  1. This state is a fvcking disgrace and this guy promised us the bill would pass and that he had the votes, got our hopes up, and now it's all back to square one.

    I'm embarrassed to be from IL.

    Posted by: Pigs | May 31, 2013 8:57:59 PM


  2. This is a sad moment for Illinois. I will be interested in seeing just what happened -- who withheld support at the last minute. I predict there will be some political fallout from this and I sincerely hope some IL legislators lose their seats over this.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | May 31, 2013 8:58:57 PM


  3. If Greg Harris had the courage of his convictions, he would have brought it to a vote so that we could see who was on our side. He failed. He's merely protecting his Democrat Party colleagues.

    Posted by: Brent | May 31, 2013 9:00:31 PM


  4. Hey Brent - STFU. Madigan controls everything in the house. He's the weak link in the process and he needs to be voted out. What they hell does he do? No pension reform, no marriage equality, Madigan is a failure.

    Posted by: Willi | May 31, 2013 9:04:22 PM


  5. it is obvious what must be done - full out battle, if not war, on the RC coalition with African-American ministers and the Illinois Black Caucus. they stood in the way of equality with their narrow-minded false prophet based beliefs. they shamed their Jesus.

    the other thing that must be dealt with is questioning where the national leadership was in this. lip-service is not support.

    Posted by: mike/ | May 31, 2013 9:05:28 PM


  6. it is obvious what must be done - full out battle, if not war, on the RC coalition with African-American ministers and the Illinois Black Caucus. they stood in the way of equality with their narrow-minded false prophet based beliefs. they shamed their Jesus.

    the other thing that must be dealt with is questioning where the national leadership was in this. lip-service is not support.

    Posted by: mike/ | May 31, 2013 9:05:31 PM


  7. I'll be going to the conservative state of Minnesota to get married. Illinois can f itself.

    Posted by: Brent | May 31, 2013 9:07:25 PM


  8. Unacceptable. And they brought LGBT families in to sit in the Speaker's private box - only to disappoint them? Sadly the Chicago Sun-Times points the blame on the House Black Caucus. If true, this follows Prop8 in California as a time another minority chose to 'oppose' and not 'stand with.' http://www.suntimes.com/20462451-761/no-same-sex-marriage-vote-until-november-ive-never-been-sadder-sponsor-says.html

    Posted by: Randy | May 31, 2013 9:14:01 PM


  9. Harris comes off like a weak, simpering sub.

    Posted by: Sneers for Tears | May 31, 2013 9:14:40 PM


  10. it's now an unavoidable conclusion. the jeebus-based anti-gay black democrats are a problem that needs to be dealt with both by the DNC and by the state democratic parties.

    cut off their funding and support. who are they going to go to? to the republicans who hate them almost as much as they hate the gays? not bloody likely.

    Posted by: candide001 | May 31, 2013 9:22:53 PM


  11. Watch the entire video and listen to Deb Mell's speech about her own marriage (she married her wife in Iowa). It's incredibly moving.

    Posted by: Rodolfo | May 31, 2013 9:24:24 PM


  12. Yes please go to war with "black community". It's all their fault.
    C**ns and q*eers fighting each other; grabs popcorn!

    Whoever falls well at least that'll be one less problem for society. lol

    Posted by: White Supremacist | May 31, 2013 9:26:53 PM


  13. LGBT and Supporters of Illinois...we don't have to riot in the streets. We don't have to wait until an election to make a point to our inept legislators. This is PRIDE MONTH. There will be parades, and we all know that the politicians love to stroll a parade route. At your respective Pride Parade, when these politicians make their way down the route, EVERYONE turn your backs to them. Show them we don't have time for them, just as they chose not to make time for us at this critical junction. Don't "BOO", don't scream and yell at them, just simply DON'T ACKNOWLEDGE THEM. Share and pass this along so that it reaches everyone in Illinois.

    Posted by: Disgusted | May 31, 2013 9:28:20 PM


  14. cowards.

    Posted by: Reality | May 31, 2013 9:28:24 PM


  15. Perhaps this nonsense shouldn't have been proposed in the first place.

    Posted by: Ziemba | May 31, 2013 9:31:36 PM


  16. If they're willing to vote on the bill in November why can't they vote on it today? What's going to change?

    Posted by: FAEN | May 31, 2013 9:35:37 PM


  17. Rep. Mell's speech was very moving.

    Odd note: both speakers rose to a point of personal privilege. But neither speech qualified as such under Robert's Rules.

    Posted by: Bob Rutledge | May 31, 2013 9:35:45 PM


  18. Maryland was the first state in the US to approve same-sex marriage at the ballot and did so with African American support - 30% of all voters.
    It is unfair to blame African Americans for what happened in Illinois. I'm sure the majority of voters would approve of same-sex marriage. The failure is 1) No reaching out to black clergy like was done in Maryland and 2) Supporters not lobbying hard enough

    Posted by: Thomas | May 31, 2013 9:36:24 PM


  19. What a bunch of cowards.

    Posted by: FAEN | May 31, 2013 9:39:24 PM


  20. Why do people keep blaming the black church but not the majority white republicans? This is just what NOM wants. A ridge between the blacks and the gays.

    Posted by: JP | May 31, 2013 9:41:18 PM


  21. Why do people keep blaming the black church but not the majority white republicans? This is just what NOM wants. A ridge between the blacks and the gays.

    Posted by: JP | May 31, 2013 9:41:18 PM


  22. Well, in this time as honesty is necessary (not race baiting, and the racists on this site need to be removed) the fact of the matter is marriage equality did NOT receive majority support in the black community in Maryland. It received 45.7%. So 45-46 percent. There's a barrier there, although significantly improved, but still there, between the gay community and the black community which puts black LGBT folk (persons of color in general really) in the middle, which is very sad. A lot of that is our own fault, we haven't done a good enough job with messaging and canvassing in the black community. We just expect them to automatically be for equality because they're black, and the black community sees it as an insult. They think we're using them. They think our issues isn't their issues and a lot of that is because our community presents an image of being upper-class, white bread and high society. The inner cities, the suburbs and the rural towns, not enough real target outreach has been done in these areas, hence they remain homophobic.

    We need to stop assuming someone is going to be for equality because they are a person of color. Minorities tend to have higher rates of being religious. None of this is a racial issue......there are some obvious, concrete problems that COULD be solved pretty easily, if and when we get on the ball and seek that change.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 31, 2013 9:51:04 PM


  23. Nobody is ignoring the white Republicans (we expect stupidity from those idiots), but people are angry at the black people against gay marriage because it makes no sense why people who have/had plenty of prejudices against them are being prejudice against another group of people. They of all people should know what it's like to not feel equal.

    Posted by: Pigs | May 31, 2013 9:54:24 PM


  24. so much for a Democrat super majority....

    Posted by: marcus | May 31, 2013 9:59:07 PM


  25. Thanks, Black Caucus, you have made your feelings perfectly clear. You have also shown yourselves to be a simpering blob of spineless jelly reeking of the worst stench of hypocrisy ever to come out of a horse's anus.

    Posted by: Tyler | May 31, 2013 10:00:15 PM


  26. 1 2 3 4 5 6 »

Post a comment







Trending


« «Illinois House Fails to Vote on Marriage Equality as Some Lawmakers Ask for More Time on Issue« «