When Will Marriage Equality Come to Ill.? Activists Not Sure
About 3,000 people in Illinois showed up for a political rally at the state’s Capitol on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to pass a measure that would grant same-sex couples marriage rights. But as the Chicago Tribune reports, there is a great divide among politicians who support the bill.
Rep. Greg Harris, the openly gay Democrat who introduced the gay marriage bill to Illinois legislature, is finding himself at a crossroads. The newspaper writes some supporters want him to "call the bill even if the support isn’t there, arguing that lawmakers should be held accountable while also making it clear who should be targeted as potential backers." The other group of supporters, however, says politics should not be ignored because if the measure is voted down, gay rights efforts could be taking a step back and "send a bad message."
The Tribune adds there’s "little indication the Illinois House is any closer to approving a gay marriage bill than it was before a summer of lobbying efforts. Lawmakers are waiting to see whether they face difficult re-election efforts, and religious groups opposed to the bill plan their own rally Wednesday."
Harris spoke at the rally on Tuesday and acknowledged the divide on gay marriage in Illinois but is more concerned about getting the measure passed rather than political backlash.
"People can have their opinions on tactics and strategies all they want, but at the end of the day the issue here is about moving Illinois into the column of states that treats all of its families with equal dignity, strengthens our communities and puts us on the road promised by our forefathers to form a more perfect union," he said, according to the Tribune.