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US: Illinois Senate passes equal marriage in Valentine’s Day vote

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  1. GulliverUK 14 Feb 2013, 9:31pm

    Watched it live, it was really quite quick. At the start were a stream of anti-equality senate members, but then later a really long line of pro-the bill speakers. They then voted in seconds with keypads on their desks and you say the result immediately – none of our antiquated ways. Then everyone was congratulating others on the floor, it was quite moving. Still go another house to go, and then still needs to be signed by the Governor, but real progress. At the beginning, after hearing so much negativity my heart sank, but it was worth waiting ’till the end for the vote.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 15 Feb 2013, 2:01pm

      Equal marriage tends to pass faster in countries where there is no state religion. It’s religion that holds things up on our side of the pond unfortunately. After it passes in the UK, I want to see more proactivism for disestablishment of the CoE. Now that will send the religious nutters into a tailspin, spitting blood. Oh how I would gloat! The C4M nutters would be vehemently opposed to a referendum on that of course, the very thing they wanted for equal marriage and won’t ever get. It’s driving them bonkers. That rabid harridan Sharon James was foaming at the mouth about it in committee this past tuesday which of course had nothing to do with the line items in the bill.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 14 Feb 2013, 10:01pm

    Exactly right. It heads to the House (Senate), the upper chamber. Still, look how fast it passed, unlike ours which will take months and months, boring committee hearings and so on.

  3. obviously not finalised but very encouraging. There is a kind of civil war going on in the US. Gay rights are the mascot of liberal justice.

  4. This is just the Senate vote, which by the way is an excellent start with a 34-21 vote! The bill needed a minimum of 30 votes and got 4 extra votes!

    Now the bill has to go to a House Committee and then the introduction to the full House Floor, if only approved by the House Judiciary Committee!

    It is the same story with the Colorado civil union bill or SB11!

    Which also passed the Senate, but not the House as of yet!

  5. 34 Heroes, 21 bigots!

  6. OMG !!!! almost 10 states, Then Rhode Island, Then Supreme Court will vote D.O.M.A. and Prop that can grant gay marriage for the hole country !!!!

  7. PeterinSydney 15 Feb 2013, 7:40am

    Well done Illinois. Finish the job now please.

  8. Helge Vladimir Tiller 15 Feb 2013, 9:57am

    I HOPE and believe ! Lots of LOVE to The LGBT community in Illinois and elsewhere in the USA, not only on Valentine’s day, but always—from Norway.

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