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Gay marriage passes Illinois Senate

Posted by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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On a mostly party-line vote of 34 to 21, with two abstentions, the Illinois Senate Thursday afternoon approved legislation to authorize same-sex marriage in the state.

The measure now goes to the House, where opposition is believed to be somewhat stronger.

Passage came after a two-hour final debate filled with some strong words on both sides, with foes generally arguing that religious rights would be trampled, and the other side depicting the issue as a matter of ending discrimination.

"People have been discriminated against by our own laws," said Sen. Martin Sandovol, D-Chicago, a former seminarian. "This is a great day. . . .We represent all of the people."

Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, responded that not only religious rights but also those of people who do not want to participate in homosexual unions would be endangered. He predicted that florists, bed-and-breakfast inns and others would shut down rather than serve gay couples. "Marriage is meant to between man and woman," he said.

But majority Democrats replied with tales and anecdotes of their own.

Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston talked about how he discussed this with his 4-year-old. Sen. Kwame Raoul of Chicago said he, too, discriminated as a young man until he realized that "there was a time in America when I'd be considered three-fifths of a man." Chief sponsor Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago said she learned "how much hate is out there" in working on the bill with the openly gay chief House sponsor, Chicago Democrat Greg Harris.

Thirty votes were needed for Senate passage. If the bill passes the House and is signed into law, Illinois would become the 10th state to allow gay marriage. (Here's the roll call.)

Senate President John Cullerton, a bill backer, intentionally scheduled the vote for today, Valentine's Day.

Sponsors have not yet laid out a timetable for House consideration. The measure has the strong backing of Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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lokilover
by Bronze Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

From what I remember the party composition of the House leans Democrat, but do they have enough to pass the bill?

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Feb. 14, 2013 at 5:28 PM


Quoting lokilover:

From what I remember the party composition of the House leans Democrat, but do they have enough to pass the bill?

I don't know but we can only hope. I'm in Cali where ignorant voters fell for the anti-gay marriage lies.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

parentalrights1
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM
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How does someone else's marriage trample on your rights? Just don't force bigoted religious people to marry gays and that's the end of trampling religious rights
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Arroree
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM
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I'll keep my fingers crossed.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 5:48 PM
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That's what the right ways says as an excuse to keep discrimination alive

No one is forced to marry anyone

Hopefully more and more states will pass gay rights to marry


Quoting parentalrights1:

How does someone else's marriage trample on your rights? Just don't force bigoted religious people to marry gays and that's the end of trampling religious rights
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mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 5:55 PM
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I'm so proud of my state right now. 

I asked my best friend to marry me. She said yes. YAY!! 

ashellbell
by shellbark on Feb. 14, 2013 at 6:04 PM
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It's a step in the right direction!
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Ravishing_dame
by New Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 6:15 PM
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America is becoming the new Amsterdam.  I can feel it and see it.  People have changed - there's such a greedy, instant satisfication hunger and cold hearted demeanor spreading across this country like a disease.  I miss those days when this country for the most part, was wholesome, family oriented and united. 

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Feb. 14, 2013 at 6:16 PM
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Yay!

mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 6:17 PM
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Well...you aren't invited to my wedding with that attitude. 

Quoting Ravishing_dame:

America is becoming the new Amsterdam.  I can feel it and see it.  People have changed - there's such a greedy, instant satisfication hunger and cold hearted demeanor spreading across this country like a disease.  I miss those days when this country for the most part, was wholesome, family oriented and united.  

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