Illinois, USA: Will Marriage Equality Bill Be Harder to Pass in House?

Written by scott on February 24th, 2013

IllinoisGovernor Pat Quinn thinks so, acknowledging that he doesn’t yet have the 60 votes needed to get the bill through the Illinois house. Pantagraph reports:

Gov. Pat Quinn acknowledged during a stop last week in Normal that the measure currently lacks the necessary 60 votes for passage. But he told reporters he plans to contact members of the House individually to seek their support, similar to what he did when he lobbied members to approve the civil unions law in 2010. “There’s still persuasion to do in the House,” Quinn said.

The Illinois Senate passed the bill by a strong margin on Valentine’s Day.

Pantagraph continues:

Many of the newer members of the House say they are opposed to gay marriage.

State Rep. Adam Brown, R-Champaign, was sworn into office just 12 hours after the lame-duck legislature voted in favor of civil unions in 2010… “I believe marriage is a holy union between one man and one woman and I’ll continue to stand behind that position,” Brown said.

State Rep Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, said she thinks legalizing same-sex marriage is premature. “We’ve had civil unions and it hasn’t even been two years,” Scherer said. “The purpose of the civil union was to give people in this situation the rights they felt they deserved. I think that needs to have time to go through the system before we go further.”

The first house committee vote is due Tuesday.


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