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USA, Illinois: Democratic Leader Urges Support for Marriage Equality Bill

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Illinois Majority Leader Barbara Flynn CurrieDemocratic Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie is urging lawmakers to support the marriage equality bill in Illinois.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie sent a letter to all House members earlier this month saying it’s time to approve legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. The letter follows a push in early September by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to lure Illinois’ gay couples to wed in Minnesota, which legalized same-sex marriage earlier this year. Attempts to approve legislation have stalled in Illinois; A measure passed the state’s Senate but the House sponsor didn’t call a vote because he said he didn’t have the votes. “Illinois has been missing out on this economic opportunity long before Minneapolis’ mayor unleashed his advertising campaign in our state,” Currie wrote in the letter released Saturday.

Yeah, when a mayor from another state comes to steal your business because your lawmakers can’t get their act together, that’s gotta hurt.

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Minnesota, USA: GOP Senator Dave Senjem Unsure on Marriage Equality Vote

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Minnesota State Senator Dave SenjemMinnesota’s former Senate majority leader, Dave Senjem, told a newspaper yesterday that he’s not yet sure how he will vote on the marriage equality bill. The Minnesota Post reports:

I am just going to wait until that magic moment and make that decision in a pretty spontaneous way.” The story says: “If he had to vote at this moment, [Senjem] said he would probably vote “no.” But he said he is not sure what he will do when actually confronted with the decision. When he talks to young people, it is clear most of them support gay marriage. He added that attempts to block gay marriage amount to society “standing in front of a freight train.”

Sounds like somebody in Minnesota needs to hear some encouraging calls from marriage equality supporters. Anyone here live up there?

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