In a quest to get the 60 votes needed in order to have a vote on legalizing same-sex marriage. Illinois fell short of the 60 votes needed to get a vote in. It was on Valentines’ day when the same-sex marriage bill was first introduced in the state of Illinois and as the new year had begun it was a race to become the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Still, the most Democratic state in the Midwest could not get enough votes to be able to vote on the issue before the Legislature adjourned. Many supporters of same-sex marriage were disappointed as the news rolled in but say the fight continues. Organizations such as Lambada Legal and The Human Rights campaign have been on the ground trying to rally supporters as well gather donations to help in their fight.
The bill’s sponsor Democratic Rep. Greg Harris after making the announcement said:
“I’ve never been sadder to accept such a request, but I have to keep my eye, as we all must, on the ultimate prize. They’ve asked for time to go back to their districts, talk to their constituents, and reach out to their minds and hearts,” as many of Harris’s constituents had asked for more time before the vote.
Governor Pat Quinn a Democrat had already said he would sign into law after the state senate passed it through their house.
Jim Bennett, regional director of Lambda Legal after a vote wasn’t called said, “There is no reason why the state of Illinois, the bluest of blue states in the Midwest, cannot move forward, when neighboring Iowa and … Minnesota have been able to figure this out.”
However, the Catholic Church of Illinois in a statement said that their bishops are:
“profoundly grateful” that lawmakers “listened to their constituents and declined to consider legislation that would redefine marriage in Illinois.”
President Obama had also tried to push for a vote in his home state. During a fundraising dinner in Chicago on Wednesday, the President said: “Here in Illinois, we’ve got a vote on same-sex marriage that’s going to be coming up in the state Legislature.And I just want to say for the record it’s something that I deeply support.”
As the legislature adjourned Governor Quinn voiced his disappointment in saying, “This is not over. The fight goes on. We will keep on fighting until marriage equality is law in Illinois.”
-Kelly J Newson