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Illinois House Speaker Extends Marriage Equality Bill's Deadline for Approval to August 31

Does the Illinois marriage equality bill still have a chance?

MadiganThat's what seems to be suggested given a quiet Friday night move by Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (pictured) which extended the deadline for approval on the bill to August 31, the Illinois Observer reports:

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) told a packed House chamber on Friday evening that he had to put off a vote on the proposal until November.

However, were Governor Pat Quinn to call lawmakers back to Springfield in the summer for a special session to address pension reform, which also was left without resolution, he could include Senate Bill 10 in a special session proclamation.

If Quinn declines to include marriage equality in any order to lawmakers to return to Springfield, Madigan could call a House special session of his own at the same time to take up the legislation, an insider noted.

“It’s a fascinating move,” said one, long-time lobbyist. “It suggests that there is plan to get it done.”

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  1. Very, very interesting.

    Our side needs to regroup to fight on. Nasty recriminations and finger-pointing now will only be cunterproductive. We can win this, even in screwed-up Illinois, if we stick together and work even harder to get votes later.

    Posted by: K in VA | Jun 1, 2013 4:42:14 PM

  2. How embarrassing for Illinois.

    Posted by: Adam | Jun 1, 2013 4:49:59 PM

  3. WOW this is huge!!

    Posted by: Alejandro | Jun 1, 2013 4:50:37 PM

  4. It sounds like the pro marriage equality side got their fire...too bad it's so late, but it seems like they got their fire. This is a fascinating development.

    Posted by: Hugh | Jun 1, 2013 4:51:41 PM

  5. Madigan saw serious backlash from the core democratic party after they failed to commit to this bill and this is the response back

    I think this is definitely promising, but sad it had to take tears to get them to grasp our equal rights.

    Posted by: Scott Johansen | Jun 1, 2013 4:52:57 PM

  6. Alright LGBT: THIS is your gift. What you do with it can be the difference of having marriage equality or not having it. Mobilize, galvanize and work the next 3 months. I have a feeling it can be done, especially with this development.

    Posted by: Blue steel | Jun 1, 2013 4:55:16 PM

  7. W-O-W!

    Posted by: michelle | Jun 1, 2013 4:55:50 PM

  8. Nice, but there's a lot of if, and's, and maybe's, so we need to be realistic while remaining optimistic. Don't get the hopes up only to have them crash but if you're in Illinois, it's time to put the pedal to the medal and really work.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Jun 1, 2013 5:02:37 PM

  9. Illinois politics is like the manufacture of sausages. They can taste delicious but you don't want to peer too closely at what goes into 'em - it will put you off.

    The whole thing really does put you off whereas proceedings in Rhode Island and Minnesota were so uplifting. Oh well.

    There were many failings here. The bottom line is that this wasn't our time, but our time will come. Remember nothing is perfect - all humain endeavour has flaws.

    I do agree that recriminations will not help. Getting down to solid organising and learning some lessons from other states (? Maryland, ?New York). It can be done!

    Posted by: Craig Nelson | Jun 1, 2013 5:08:14 PM

  10. But the black members don't want gays to have equal rights...

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jun 1, 2013 5:23:25 PM

  11. What a cluster f**k

    get it done people!

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Jun 1, 2013 5:28:16 PM

  12. It's hard to see how a couple of months will be enough to shake the unholy alliance between the House Black Caucus and the House Republican Party.

    Posted by: Mark | Jun 1, 2013 5:35:22 PM

  13. Time to put the pressure on the appropriate people for this to get done, either in August or in November, but I hope the next time around they'll skip the broken promises and false hope raising--save the certainty till it's a done deal. What happened yesterday should never have happened. Don't say you've got the goods when you don't.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jun 1, 2013 5:40:52 PM

  14. August 31st? This may give them enough time to realize they don't really need or want it.

    Posted by: gb | Jun 1, 2013 5:48:37 PM

  15. Don't hold you breath. Illinois politicians are too corrupt & self serving to do anything for anyone but theselves plus the black churches in Illinois are highly homophobic and control many of the black politicians.

    Illinois is a hot mess !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jun 1, 2013 5:58:38 PM

  16. Looks like Madigan got the message that politicizing LGBT equality to further his personal political agenda wasn't going to be taken lightly.
    This might be a placating ploy and the actual session could never materialize. There were a few qualifying 'if's' in that statement. We need to put pressure on Quinn and Madigan to make sure it happens.

    The Black Caucus claims they were unfairly targeted, now we'll see.
    Set up interviews with and get each and every Rep on video between now and the actual vote. That will negate the blame game and the finger pointing.
    There are some Republicans reps that might be swayed as well.

    Posted by: JONES | Jun 1, 2013 6:15:05 PM

  17. Are you with me Illinois?? Let's get "it" done! Anyone still unsure what "it" is?

    Posted by: beebs | Jun 1, 2013 6:17:26 PM

  18. Insanity is repeating the same failed tactic again. Whatever they have been doing, they need to stop, and study states like Maryland that successfully attained Marriage equality. Maryland is particularly instructive because it made prominent megachurch black pastors who supported marriage equality the centerpiece of its equality campaign, especially in media and broadcast ads. IL progressives need to raise money nationwide to run powerful ads to the Black community, hire staff, and lobby like never before. Additionally, gay rights groups need to consider hiring new leadership. When Maryland's major gay rights group failed to get gay marriage passed, they asked for the resignation of their leader. In 2012, a new leader successfully got marriage passed and voter ratified. Moreover, IL progressives need to wake up and adopt aggressive activism, from Chicago to Springfield. All that mass activism and excitement on the last day of the legislative session should have been occurring months ago.

    Posted by: Javier | Jun 1, 2013 7:36:00 PM

  19. GB and Alan are the same troll. Don't feed him.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 1, 2013 8:27:50 PM

  20. I guess I didn't get the memo about Illinois politics. Stupid me thought all the hype here on TW was that it was coming up for an up or down vote and we were going to win. So, is this a good thing or a bad thing? Does this mean our political enemies can now regroup and push to scuttle marriage equality in Illinois for good? What has to happen now for marriage equality to become reality in Illinois? It all sounds pretty f*cked up to me.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 1, 2013 8:37:59 PM

  21. It's called DOMA.

    In a few weeks when DOMA falls flat on it's face, so too will a civil union.

    We already know a civil union is not equivalent, but when DOMA is eliminated, there is a concrete case to be made that civil unions are not worthy.

    The lawmakers who were undecided can very easily justify voting fr marriage equality in August using SCOTUS and DOMA as their catalyst.

    Posted by: Scott Johansen | Jun 1, 2013 8:57:13 PM

  22. I think there are many legislators who are hoping that the SCOTUS decision will provide them with some cover for their vote. After the decision is released, they will probably be more likely to vote for equality.

    Posted by: John | Jun 1, 2013 9:00:35 PM

  23. I don't know. I feel optimistic about this. LGBT and mainly our allies in Illinois were NOT happy about yesterday's decision. The news here has been covering the resentment by the marriage equality side and the complacency and reluctance of the lawmakers. There's been a lot of reaction and I think they realized it wasn't worth not taking a vote.

    Yesterdays failure to vote reenergized not only the LGBT movement but liberal base in Illinois.

    Posted by: Kyle C. | Jun 1, 2013 9:00:39 PM

  24. Yeah, GLBT haven't let the politics of Chicago just toy with our rights. I'm thrilled to see that our community didn't just kick rocks and accept the decision. We let them have a few pieces of our mind, and I'm positive that won't stop and the passion will be sustained all throughout the summer. You don't treat GLBT as trash and mistreat our rights and equality and think we'll let you get away with it. NY should have been a huge wake up call for the Democratic party. No longer are we going to stand in the back of the line begging for rights.

    Posted by: Mitch Dallas | Jun 1, 2013 9:02:56 PM

  25. I see a resurgence of activism in Illinois that I've honestly never seen in maybe 25 years of being out and an active member of the movement. In some ways, yesterday really was a shot in the arm for us because people around me are more engaged than I've ever seen.

    Posted by: C.J | Jun 1, 2013 9:05:05 PM

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