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US: Illinois same-sex marriage bill narrowly moves forward

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 27 Feb 2013, 6:14pm

    A disappointing result. If 6-5 is anything to go by, how can it possibly pass in the full house? I hope we’re all very pleasantly surprised.

    1. Its not disappointing , its going to go to a full vote in the house. which it needs 60 votes to pass. Dont diminish equal rights because it was not 11-0 vote. Anything that progresses the next step is perfect for me.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 27 Feb 2013, 7:40pm

        Well then, we’ll find out if there are 60 votes to pass it when the time comes.

  2. That There Other David 27 Feb 2013, 6:26pm

    Initially disappointing, but then the bill has still passed this hurdle. If it similarly only passes the House by one vote it will still pass into law. I’m keeping fingers crossed for our American friends in Illinois.

  3. David in Indianapolis 27 Feb 2013, 6:30pm

    “Kellie Fiedorek, an official with the Alliance Defending Freedom, argued that the bill “advances religious intolerance and discrimination towards Illinois citizens with sincerely held religious beliefs.””

    How on EARTH can marriage equality be considered discrimination? I’ve asked that question time and time again, and nobody can provide an answer. What? Do they consider it discrimination because we refuse to tolerate their intolerance? If so, that is like the schoolyard bully crying discrimination because his or her bullying is no longer tolerated. Well…..TOO BAD!

    That said, it would be wonderful to see my neighbor Illinois pass marriage equality in that state. It will be a cold day in hell before my state of Indiana does it, but at least it will be closer to home.

    Do the right thing, Illinois!

  4. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 28 Feb 2013, 12:35pm

    Yes I agree Robert,

    The Committee vote was way too close at 6 to 5!

    Gee whizz that means we have a Democrat bigot who voted against the Marriage Equality Bill or SB10!

    What’s his dam excuse!

    The typical Religious Taliban Republicans excuse is always the usual that the world will end and that gay marriage leads to polygamy, incest and beastiality, etc

    Name and shame the bigot I say!

    Lets hope the bill or SB10 passes the full floor of the House and finally GETS SIGNED INTO LAW!

    Once the Governor (who is a gay marriage supporter and Democrat by the way) signs the bill into law – the law becomes effective 30 days later. Most laws in Illinois under the Illinois Constitution is once a bill is signed by the Governor – the effective date of the law must be 30 days later!

    Same with what happened in New York State on passing gay marriage back in 2011!

    THERE IS NO BALLOT PROCESS to repeal laws in Illinois, so once the Governor signs the bill into law – the law is safe!

  5. The bill needs at least 60 votes to pass as a minimum!

    There are 71 Democrats in the Illinois House (thats a super-majority)!

    THERE IS NO MORE EXCUSE NOW!

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