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Illinois lawmaker looking into options for changing effective date for marriage equality

Marriage equality

IllinoisAccording to reports, an Illinois state senator is looking into changing the effective date for marriage equality in the state. The bill passed the state House earlier this week, and after a late Senate vote, was sent to Governor Pat Quinn, who has said he will sign it. As EqualityOnTrial noted after passage of the bill, changes were made that would require marriages to begin in June of next year. An amendment changed the original effective date, which had been set for 30 days after passage.

The new reports suggest the date could be moved up to Valentine’s Day or “some other date” sooner than next summer:

[…]Senator Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, says he wants to shorten those engagements. He’s behind a proposal that could allow same-sex marriages in early 20-14.

“We would substitute an immediate effective date, which means as soon as this new bill is signed into law, it would accelerate the effectiveness of marriage equality. And whether that’s Valentine’s Day of next year or some other date, we could make sure folks have access to equality earlier than they would after the governor signs this bill.”

The amendment, which LGBT groups in the state apparently support, has been filed already. The state Senate would vote on it in January in the regular session:

Sen. Harmon’s amendment is to House Bill 2747, which deals with the Freedom of Information Act. HB2747 would be up for a vote in January, during the new session of the legislature. If the amendment was approved, the bill was passed and then signed into law, the new effective date for SB10 would be 30 days after HB2747 passed, rather than the current effective date of June 1st, 2014.

Lawmakers are reportedly going over all options for changing the date.


  • 1. Zack12  |  November 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

    As frustrating as it was to wait,they played this right.
    There was never going to be 71 votes for marriage equality. 40 out of the 43 Republicans voted no and it's safe to say the 14 Democrats who voted no shared Mary Flowers disguisting viewpoints.
    There was going to be no convincing of them.
    That and the fact the IFI is one of the most vicious,vile anti-gay groups around,enough to the point where they make some members of the FRC and NOM look like pride supporters by comparsion.
    This needed to kept under the radar to keep the bigots at bay and it worked.
    If they had gotten any

  • 2. grod  |  November 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    The 61 vote: a mother of a dying son,

  • 3. Klien  |  November 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    HRC better give her the hero of the year award! Equality Now should too. ALL LGBT organizations should acknowledge her boldly.

  • 4. grod  |  November 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Bruno: apparently the situation was fluid and her vote was needed. Just how fluid:

  • 5. Marc  |  November 15, 2013 at 11:19 am

    You are correct that IFI is one of the most vile hate groups around. The other hate group is American's for Truth About Homosexuality, Peter LaBarbara. The are futile of lies and hate.

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