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$2 Million Marriage Equality Campaign Launched in Illinois

IllinoisIllinois advocates are not giving up on marriage equality, refreshing the battle with the launch of a new $2 million statewide campaign, the AP reports:

In a statement Tuesday, the group says it will place 15 field organizers throughout the state to engage supporters. They plan to target legislators who oppose a measure to lift Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage.

The Illinois Senate passed the bill in February. It wasn't called for a vote in the House because the bill's sponsor said it didn't have the votes to pass.

Lawmakers could take the bill up again in the fall.

A ruling on same-sex marriage is also pending in court. Earlier this month Lambda Legal and the ACLU filed a motion for summary judgment, requesting a swift ruling in two lawsuits filed by the groups representing a total of 25 same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry.

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  1. It would be nice to have a third large state and a third midwestern state that supports marriage.

    Posted by: DB | Jul 17, 2013 12:35:12 PM

  2. Sadly,there are internal political battles going on in IL right now as well.
    Something that I fear will lead to gay marriage taking a back seat.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jul 17, 2013 1:56:11 PM

  3. We could have had gay marriage already in Illinois if black churches and weak Democrats hadn't stopped it. Now gay people have to spend millions more of our dollars to BUY our legal rights. The whole U.S. legal & political systems are a pile of sh*t.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 17, 2013 2:55:22 PM

  4. Where are Maggie and Brian. They seem to have gone into early hibernation.

    Posted by: simon | Jul 17, 2013 3:19:35 PM

  5. I hope this works, but I am dubious about the tactics. I live in a northern suburb of Chicago and visited two of my closest State Representatives earlier this summer who voted against the marriage bill. One told me that the money was spent last time before the bill came up for vote to pay and place people who are not from Illinois to lobby the reps by taking them out to dinner for fried chicken. My local rep told me that she and her colleagues were offended that groups from outside of Illinois could send professionals in to try to get them to change their votes with dinners. An effort to get people to call their representatives in the areas where the vote could go either way would be money better spent. She also said that while she personally supported the bill, she was concerned about voting for it because her constituents were largely against it. We need to change the minds of the Illinois residents who do not support it.

    This is a case where we have more money than sense.

    Posted by: Kevin Novak | Jul 17, 2013 4:28:41 PM

  6. At least in states where they have civil unions (like Illinois, Colorado, New Jersey, Hawaii), legislators now know for certain that such contracts are not going to be recognized as marriage at the federal level. So this could push some of those "separate but equal" folks into the marriage column.

    Posted by: Fox | Jul 17, 2013 5:20:20 PM

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