No gay marriage in Illinois this year

Illinois House of Representatives fails to vote on marriage equality bill

No gay marriage in Illinois this year
01 June 2013

After two days of suspense, the Illinois House of Representatives on Friday (31 May) failed to vote on a bill to make same-sex marriage legal in the state.

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned for the summer without calling for a vote on SB10, the the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.

Though the marriage equality bill has already passed in the Illinois Senate, 60 votes were needed in the House in order for the bill to move to Governor Pat Quinn for signature.

‘After an overwhelming victory in the Senate, today’s failure by the Illinois House is a disgrace,’ the group Freedom to Marry said via Twitter.

Had the bill passed in the House, Illinois would have become the 13th state in the US to legalize gay marriage.

‘This is a stunning failure in the Illinois House. This is too important to families across Illinois,’ said Jim Bennett, director of the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal.

‘The day is coming when Illinois will have the freedom to marry,’ Bennett added. ‘Lambda Legal has been working in the Midwest for the respect of our relationships for 20 years and we won’t stop until same-sex couples in Illinois are treated with dignity and respect.’

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