Friday, January 4, 2013

Clock Runs Out on Illinois Marriage Equality Bill

Despite a recent Senate committee vote in favor of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, activists pushing for marriage equality legislation in Illinois have thrown in the towel for this legislative session. Equality Illinois issued a statement yesterday saying there is not enough time to pass the bill before the 97th General Assembly adjourns on Wednesday, but promised the fight will resume in the next session, which begins January 9.
"With just a handful of days remaining in the current lame duck session, time to move the bill through both chambers is not on our side," the LGBT advocacy organization said yesterday in a press release. "So we will act in the new General Assembly that convenes next week, on Wednesday, January 9."
But the organization leading the charge for marriage equality in Illinois said it won't relent on efforts to pass the bill in 2013.
"Our opponents should not believe that have turned the tide against the growing national and Illinois consensus favoring marriage equality," said Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov. "The clock simply ran out, and our legislative supporters ran out of time."

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