Illinois, USA: Illinois Unites for Marriage Says House Has Votes to Pass Marriage Equality

Written by scott on May 20th, 2013

Illinois Governor Pat QuinnMarriage equality advocates are saying they have the votes needed to pass the bill in the House. Towleroad reports:

Advocates for marriage equality in Illinois believe they have the votes to pass the bill and are ready to do so, the Windy City Times reports: “I have absolutely no doubt we’re going to be done with this by May 31,” said Jim Bennett, Midwest regional director for Lambda Legal. “I believe that this bill is going to pass.” Bennett declined to give a specific vote count, but said that he expected the bill could be called and passed any day. Rick Garcia, policy advisor for The Civil Rights Agenda, said he thinks the bill has the 60 votes needed for passage in the House. “I believe we’re there,” said Garcia. “The cake is baked. We’re waiting for the icing.”

Meanwhile, Governor Pat Quinn is pushing for a vote before May 31st. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois has a chance to make history before the end of the legislative session, and is pressuring House lawmakers to act on the issue of marriage equality before the session ends next week. The Chicago Democrat said Monday that he wants lawmakers to approve a proposal on the table that would make Illinois the 13th state to legalize same-sex marriage. The plan cleared the Senate in February and awaits a House vote, which is expected to be close.

The Senate has already passed the bill, so a “yes” from the House would make Illinois the 13th state to pass marriage equality.

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