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Illinois House Democrats Apologize for Marriage Equality Bill Fizzle

Illinois House Democrats have issued a formal apology to advocates, supporters, and families for not voting on marriage equality last week:

IllinoisLike you, we are incredibly disappointed about what happened Friday in Springfield. But let's not forget something very important: Marriage equality is going to happen.

As a community, we must come together, assess our strategy, and redouble our efforts in the fight for fundamental fairness. This is not the time for us to splinter — for that is exactly what our opponents want.

The more united we are in the coming days and weeks, the sooner the bill will get passed — and the sooner our dream of full equality will become a reality.

We want to extend our sincerest apologies to the families who rushed to Springfield in the waning hours of session to support equality in anticipation of this historic vote. You have been and continue to be our inspiration and we pledge to fight together until we achieve full equality for all Illinois families.

Signatories include Christian L. Mitchell, Maria Antonio Berrios, Greg Harris, Kelly M. Cassidy, Deborah Mell, Sam Yingling, Lou Lang, Sara Feigenholtz, Naomi D. Jakobsson, Ann M. Williams, Robert F. Martwick, Mike Smiddy,  Robyn Gabel, Barbara Flynn Currie, Heather A. Steans, and Laura Fine.

Why Did the Illinois Marriage Equality Vote Fizzle? — VIDEO [tlrd]

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  1. I want to know why the bill wasn't brought to a vote even though it wouldn't pass so we could get legislators on the record and know who is for and against us.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 3, 2013 6:06:41 PM

  2. A genuine apology includes new steps that will make up for the original problem.

    What are Illinois Democrats going to do to make up for denying equal marriage rights to same-sex couples for (at least) months?

    Nothing, right?

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 3, 2013 6:25:55 PM

  3. For those readers not from Illinois, the Speaker of the House has pretty much absolute control over outcomes. A vote did not come up because they did not want a vote to come up.

    Posted by: steve talbert | Jun 3, 2013 6:26:54 PM

  4. It could even happen this summer. If we all wear colored LeCoste logo shirts, or Polo's, we can visit waspy beach like settings pictured above. Sea grass, sand and white gay dreams... Wholesome homosexuality -- the marrying kind. Weary from battle?

    Posted by: aaron | Jun 3, 2013 6:32:26 PM

  5. The main reason to postpone the vote after MONTHS of having time to "talk with constituents" is that by the fall, the deadline for filing primary petitions will be over. Plus they will have another round of fundraising.

    Posted by: steve talbert | Jun 3, 2013 6:38:11 PM

  6. My husband and I were in the gallery on Friday waiting for the vote to happen, there is no need for apology. Your hard work is truly appreciated. Let's all learn from this and move forward and do what it takes to get the work done!

    Posted by: Paul | Jun 3, 2013 6:44:16 PM

  7. @Aaron It's Lacoste. What kind of awful gay doesn't know that?

    Posted by: me | Jun 3, 2013 6:53:43 PM

  8. Blah, blah, blah, blah. ACTION speaks louder than words. These are the same people that said just last week that they had the votes and that they would vote on it before the session ended, and look what happened. Tired of empty promises.

    Posted by: Pigs | Jun 3, 2013 7:01:02 PM

  9. Let's just hope that no one who is one half of a gay couple and wants to get married dies in the next few months. But I guess they can just do it in another state until then. No big deal.

    Posted by: Edward | Jun 3, 2013 7:12:50 PM

  10. Me: Point made. Just trying to smoke you out of your hole.

    Posted by: aaron | Jun 3, 2013 7:32:19 PM

  11. The senate needs to think of the economic benefits of marriage equality to the state as a whole. starting with all the extra business from catering, restaurants, hotels, entertainment, clothing, gifts, and marriage licenses etc. more employees would be hired to meet the demand, and these employees spend money and pay taxes. Married couples often start families. They buy a lot of stuff like houses, furniture, cars, baby furniture, baby clothing, baby food, toys. Gay families are going to help solve the state's economic problems so helping gay couples marry makes sense. Senators we are your stimulus program and it won't cost you any money. Are you listening? Marriage equality has zero cost to the state and brings money in. So gay marriage = net gain. Yay! Gays save the day.

    Posted by: m | Jun 3, 2013 7:38:23 PM

  12. seriously they need to have enough courage to bring the bill for a vote and then do a roll call. do they have the courage to stand up and do the right thing?

    Posted by: m | Jun 3, 2013 7:50:24 PM

  13. boycott illinois until they right this wrong.

    Posted by: candide001 | Jun 3, 2013 7:52:11 PM

  14. boycott illinois until they right this wrong.

    Posted by: candide001 | Jun 3, 2013 7:52:11 PM

  15. Damn gays, getting so uppity instead of being good little lap dogs for the Democrats. They didn't bring it to a vote because they wanted to cover the asses of their party members who refused to vote for equality.

    The Democrats have hidden who was and wasn't supporting the measure from the community. Only they were allowed to know what was going on, which meant the community couldn't respond and do lobbying outside their anointed leaders--at least not effectively. At best they had to guess who was and wasn't supporting it. Hiding the vote means we still don't know who to contact or who to oppose in election campaigns.

    Once again the "gay leaders" have decided to put the Democratic party ahead of the LGBT community.

    Posted by: James Peron | Jun 3, 2013 9:00:06 PM

  16. Close the gay ATM. No vote, no more contributions.

    Posted by: loki7329 | Jun 3, 2013 9:12:28 PM

  17. apology "NOT" ACCEPTED.

    Posted by: steve | Jun 3, 2013 9:17:08 PM

  18. Wow Andy Towle really is a shill for the Democratic Party!
    His Headline pretends that the "House Democrats" issued this but it was (mostly) the sponsors in the House and the Senate sponsor.
    I guess Andy Towle desnt want the gAyTM SHUT DOWN

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Jun 3, 2013 9:35:18 PM

  19. We just want our way! We demand the right to be miserable with one person for the rest of our lives! We'll steam roll even people who have supported us to make it so!

    Posted by: aaron | Jun 3, 2013 9:42:32 PM

  20. @m, it has all ready passed the Senate, it's stuck in the house.

    Posted by: Adam | Jun 3, 2013 11:40:11 PM

  21. Don't count on any economic boost from marriage tourism even if the bill passes. Existing Illinois law prohibits issuing a marriage license to out-of-state residents if the marriage would not be legal in their home state. As far as I can tell, that provision in the law is unchanged in the bill. My partner and I had been hoping to tie the knot in Chicago surrounded by friends and family but it looks like it will be Iowa instead. Big disappointment.

    Posted by: Big Easy | Jun 4, 2013 12:45:17 AM

  22. @Adam

    I meant house but my brain got stuck on senate and then hit post.

    Posted by: m | Jun 4, 2013 1:16:33 AM

  23. @Adam

    I meant house but my brain got stuck on senate and then hit post.

    Posted by: m | Jun 4, 2013 1:16:40 AM

  24. @Adam

    I meant house but my brain got stuck on senate and then hit post.

    Posted by: m | Jun 4, 2013 1:16:47 AM

  25. The problem in Illinois is a problem caused by Democrats, not by Blacks (by which I mean the black population of Illinois). Certainly Black cult leaders contributed to it but our main enemy in Illinois, as elsewhere, is white or Euroamerican bigots in the roman, baptist, mormon and evangelical cults and the Democrats and Republicans who pander to them.

    Blacks are no more responsible for this defeat than they were for the 2008 defeat in California. We were defeated in California in 2008 by Obama, not the black community. He attended Rick Warrens bigotfest and announced that he was a bigot who opposed marriage equality because 'gawd's in the mix'. He said the same on MTV "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that’s not what America’s about." He opposed Prop 8 on the grounds that it wasn't necessary. No on 8. EQCA and other Democrats refused to call him on his bigotry but Yes on 8 went to town rebroadcasting his remarks in hundreds of ads and hundreds of thousands of robocalls. The polls, which has been in our favor, flipped and we lost unnecessarily and unexpectedly.

    The problem is Democrats. Even if every black legislator voted for us we'd still lose because of Republicans and downstate Democrats.

    The US is a sewer of bigotries and the most enduring and harmful is racism, followed by misogyny, homophobia and, during periods of immigration, immigrant bashing.

    A big part of the problem is that GLBT Democrats and Democrats in general pander to the cults by letting them fester in communities of people of color and in the social group that hold our largest number of enemies - white cultists in the roman, baptist and mormon cults. In California the largest numerical vote against us was among EuroAmerican bigots influenced by the cults. Eurocentric LGBT leaders of the Democrat run EQCA and No on 8 ignored the black and Latino/a communities who are, when combined with Asians and Pacific Islanders, the majority in California.

    The central lesson to be drawn from this is that both parties are infested with bigots and that we need to leave them in the dust and build mass action alliances to coerce legislators to adopt our agenda. The secondary lesson is that the GLBT communities are multiethnic and that as long as Democrats and state equality groups refuse to fight for equality in every community we stand a chance of being defeated.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jun 4, 2013 6:45:08 AM

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