Illinois Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Repeal Marriage Equality Law
Illinois Republican Senator Kyle McCarter has introduced a bill to repeal the state's marriage equality law which passed last October and takes effect in June, Buzzfeed reports:
McCarter introduced Senate Bill 2637 to repeal the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which passed last fall, and amend the state’s marriage statute to redefine marriage as between one man and one woman.
“[McCarter] knows it’s not going to go anywhere,” said Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), who was he chief sponsor of the marriage equality bill in the Senate. “He’s just doing this to show his constituents.”
“This is just politics,” said Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda, an LGBT rights group. “It’s an election year in Illinois and whenever that happens there’s always legislators who introduce legislation that will really go nowhere, but appeals to their base and I think that’s exactly what he’s done here.”