No same-sex marriage bill in Illinois

Marriage rights bill will probably not get a vote in Illinois

No same-sex marriage bill in Illinois
15 April 2012

It doesn't look good for gay marriage in Illinois. Despite the efforts of LGBT lawmakers, a same-sex marriage bill will probably not be voted on this year.

The bill was introduced in the state legislature on 8 Feb. However, it remains  stalled in the House Rules Committee.

As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times state legislators have a full plate, everything from approving an overall budget to trimming pension and Medicaid outlays. These fiscal concerns are taking precedence over the hot button social issue.

“I never say never,” State Rep. Greg Harris said to the newspaper. “[But] I don’t think there will be a push before the end of this session.”

The proposal, called HB 5170, would remove a state rule defining marriage as a union between a man and woman.

Illinois started to grant civil unions last June. According to Lambda Legal,  a LGBT legal/civil rights organization, state couples who enter into such an arrangement have 'the same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections and benefits as are afforded or recognized by the law of Illinois to spouses.' 

When the bill was being debated, the National Organization for Marriage called it a  'direct threat to marriage and the religious liberties' of the state's citizens. Founded in 2007, NOM opposes same sex marriage.

Gay and lesbian couples can get married in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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