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


Rep. Greg Harris, the sponsor of Illinois' marriage equality bill, just made an emotional statement on the Illinois House floor announcing that no vote would be taken because several lawmakers have asked for more time.

The statement elicited boos and shouts of disapproval from the gallery...

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


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  1. The drama continues...On to November.

    Posted by: Howard | May 31, 2013 8:23:33 PM

  2. Maybe Anthony Kennedy will see stuff like this and decide we go need heightened scrutiny after all.

    Posted by: Anthony | May 31, 2013 8:24:08 PM

  3. Very sad, but if they don't have the votes it is better to postpone the vote than to loose now. If the vote had failed they would have had to start all over again with a new bill. This way they will hopefully have the votes in November to pass the bill.

    Posted by: Jim Elliott | May 31, 2013 8:24:15 PM

  4. Let's not forget that we have huge decisions pending from SCOTUS regarding Prop 8 and DOMA. Sometimes its two steps forward and one step back, but the overall movement is always forward. It may seem like slow motion, but change is happening at an incredibly fast pace.

    Posted by: Howard | May 31, 2013 8:29:56 PM

  5. They have to start over anyway.

    Screw the black caucus. Screw 'um.

    Posted by: candide001 | May 31, 2013 8:30:10 PM

  6. As a resident of Illinois, I am disappoint.

    Posted by: Mike | May 31, 2013 8:31:14 PM

  7. What is the most important vote coming up that the Democratic Black Caucus of Illinois is supporting? It is my understanding that only two of the Caucus supported marriage equality, and ALL of them are Democrats in name. It is time to fight back. Find their Achilles heel and stomp the hell out of it!

    Posted by: candideinnc | May 31, 2013 8:31:21 PM

  8. They are not going to have the votes in November. That's closer to the election.

    Posted by: Sol Muser | May 31, 2013 8:33:17 PM

  9. They are not going to have the votes in November. That's closer to the election.

    Posted by: Sol Muser | May 31, 2013 8:33:18 PM

  10. Wow, Obama couldn't even get his own home state to vote in favor of gay civil marriage. His influence is waning.

    I wonder how many of the anti-gay politicians in Illinois were black Democrats.

    Posted by: Brent | May 31, 2013 8:34:24 PM

  11. Greg Harris is a damn coward.

    Posted by: Jack | May 31, 2013 8:35:54 PM

  12. The LA Times has forecast a rather gloomy prediction re: Prop 8:

    L.A. Now Live: Supreme Court may not decide fate of Prop. 8:,0,6331766.story

    Posted by: Jerry | May 31, 2013 8:36:45 PM

  13. The bald failure should name names.

    Disgusting religious negroes.

    Posted by: Greg Hairless | May 31, 2013 8:37:21 PM

  14. Greg Harris assumed the weight of responsibility for passing this legislation and now must accept the consequences for its shameful failure to pass, embarrassing the State of Illinois and the gay community which he serves in front of the entire nation. I hope his constituents remember the indignity he has inflicted upon them and ride him out on a rail come election time.

    Posted by: KC | May 31, 2013 8:40:18 PM

  15. The same thing happened here in New Jersey. We were assured they had the votes to pass marriage equality. Then my now husband (thanks Connecticut!) and I sat in the gallery and watched them vote it down. It was one of the most heartbreaking moments of my life. And now it's happened again in Illinois. My heart goes out to the LGBT community there.

    Posted by: Craig | May 31, 2013 8:40:27 PM

  16. Teehee. =)

    Posted by: krajci | May 31, 2013 8:41:26 PM

  17. Well. If Supreme court rules correctly, this will be passed between 2013-2014. Just put the hope in the end of June since DOMA and Pro 8 will influence the direction of battles till next generation for sure.

    Posted by: Tool | May 31, 2013 8:42:01 PM

  18. The ruling of striking down sodomy has caused the shift in a decade since 2003.

    Posted by: Tool | May 31, 2013 8:43:17 PM

  19. We fail to even get a vote which means we have no idea who to target in the next election. This was a total failure by the leadership in the Illinois House.

    Posted by: Ken | May 31, 2013 8:48:24 PM

  20. Exactly. I read the (illogical) pro-DOMA briefs that said Lawrence helped gay people, so you should rule in favor of us still!

    Posted by: Anthony | May 31, 2013 8:48:41 PM

  21. Do the legislators in Illinois think they can milk the gay community forever, promising them marriage equality, then pulling the rug from beneath them? I will never vote Rethug, but damned if they are going to get support from me when they keep failing our community.

    Posted by: candideinnc | May 31, 2013 8:50:35 PM

  22. LOL that's right...screw the Black Caucus!!!!!! Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigers











    Good job darkies....screw those filthy marriage destroying queers!!!!!!!!!! ;)

    Posted by: White Supremacist | May 31, 2013 8:56:52 PM

  23. Lovely.

    Posted by: Gregoire | May 31, 2013 8:59:13 PM

  24. Is there anyone to watch out for racist crap on this site? I can oppose the Black caucus of Illinois, but I can't stomach the White Supremacist.

    Posted by: candideinnc | May 31, 2013 9:03:34 PM

  25. We won't win votes by hateing black people. We need to build bridges and understand what they are afraid of. Deep down blacks know what oppression is more than anybody. Its common for one minority group to oppress another and unfortunately religion has made this acceptable.

    Posted by: Gestly | May 31, 2013 9:08:57 PM

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