USA, Illinois: No House Vote on Marriage Equality This Year?

Written by scott on September 13th, 2013

Illinois Representative Greg HarrisRep. Greg Harris, the House sponsor of the marriage equality bill, is considering holding the bill until next year.

On Top Magazine reports:

But now Harris says he’s considering keeping the vote on hold until next January, though he has not ruled out a vote during the upcoming veto session, which runs October 22-24 and November 5-7, though the bill is more likely to come up near the session’s end. “I think we need to continue to work with folks in their districts and let them know how things have change,” Harris told Chicago gay weekly Windy City Times, a reference to the federal government’s recent decision to recognize for the purpose of benefits gay couples in a marriage but not those in a civil union. Illinois is one of four states where gay couples can enter a civil union but not a marriage.

Hopefully, there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes that were not seeing. Because without it, voting in 2013 or 2014 won’t make much of a difference.

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  1. There is at least a small difference. To pass in the veto session unamended, the bill will have to have a 3/5 supermajority vote in both chambers. Otherwise, the bill will have to be amended to change the effective date to June 1, 2014 or later, due to a restriction in the state constitution about bills passed after May 31 of the calendar year.

    On the other hand, if the bill is reintroduced next year, it can go into effect 30 days after it is signed into law, like this year’s bill was supposed to. So ironically, by waiting for a vote, the bill can go into effect earlier.

    Also, it’s possible that decisions in other states, such as New Mexico (state court), New Jersey (veto override or state court), Hawaii (special session), and Michigan or Ohio (federal court) could come by the end of this year to put more pressure on Illinois.

    Lastly, there is still the Lazaro v. Orr case in court in Cook County, which could reach a decision before the legislature acts. So the legislature could realize that marriage is coming one way or the other, and they can either get the religious exemptions present in the current bill or they can get no religious exemptions through the courts.

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