Thousands of people rallied for marriage equality in Springfield yesterday.
Chicago Pride reports:
Thousand of marriage rights advocates and allies braved the cold rain to rally outside the Illinois state Capitol as part of the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality, an event to mark the first day of the fall veto session. Tuesday’s rally and march was part of a broad grassroots strategy to secure final passage of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (SB-10), which cleared the Illinois Senate on Feb. 14, but stalled in the House on May 31. “This is our hour, this is our moment,” Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn told the record-breaking crowd. “We need love to sign a marriage equality law and I’ll sign it as quickly as possible.”
Will there be a vote in the house on the measure during the upcoming veto session?
Fast approaching petition deadlines to run in the 2014 primary elections and major fiscal issues the state faces, like pension reform, are keeping some lawmakers from committing to a ‘yes’ vote for the bill, which needs at least 60 votes to pass if it is amended to take effect next summer. “The holdup solely revolves around peoples’ personal interests in being reelected as opposed to representing the families — all the families — of the state of Illinois,” Rep. Sam Yingling (D-Round Lake Beach), a cosponsor of the bill, told BuzzFeed. “There are legitimately scheduling issues at this time, but there is also a contingent of members who again are wanting to put reelection bids ahead of what needs to be done for the people,” Yingling said. “My personal belief is that the votes are there and that they will be there when [the bill] hits the board.”
If you live in Illinois, now is the time to call your legislator.
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