Illinois, USA: Governor Quinn Says Marriage Equality Bill Close to Passage

Written by scott on April 8th, 2013

Illinois Governor Pat QuinnIt sounds like we’re getting close to passage of the marriage equality bill in the Illinois House. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Gov. Pat Quinn (D) said Monday that supporters are “very close” to the votes needed in the state House to pass legislation that grants same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. The Illinois Senate approved the measure in February, but getting the 60 votes needed in the House is proving harder. Quinn didn’t suggest a current vote count, but he said “we’re going to get it done.” He said he’s reached out personally to ask legislators to support the measure.

The second house republican to support the bill may convince other GOP members as well:

A Republican leader in the Illinois House said Monday that his support for legalizing gay marriage in the state could persuade colleagues to join him on an issue he says has “tremendous momentum,” while the Governor told reporters he’s confident same-sex marriage will soon become law in Illinois. Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. of Mundelein said his position is influenced by his mother-in-law, who has been in a lesbian relationship for about 20 years.

We hope the bill passes soon – it’s time for Illinois same sex couples to have the freedom to marry.

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