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IL House Fails to Pass Marriage Bill

The Illinois House of Representatives has failed to vote on legislation that would have granted marriage rights to same-sex couples in the state,? no vote was taken because several lawmakers asked for more time. Rep. Greg Harris, the sponsor of Illinois’ marriage equality bill made the announcement. The bill passed the state Senate in February, and Governor Pat Quinn, a strong supporter, had vowed to sign it into law.

Marc Solomon, Freedom to Marry?s national campaign director, released the following statement:

?After an overwhelming victory in the Senate, today?s failure by the Illinois House is a disgrace, especially for the thousands of committed same-sex couples who want and deserve to make the ultimate vow before their friends and family and spend the rest of their lives with the person they love, protected and supported by their marriage. Freedom to Marry is proud to be an active partner in Illinois Unites for Marriage, and is grateful for the groups that led the effort on the ground ? the ACLU, Equality Illinois, and Lambda Legal. We also deeply appreciate the leadership of lead bill sponsors in the House and Senate, Rep. Greg Harris and Sen. Heather Steans. Make no mistake, we will fight and make our case until all Illinois families have the freedom to marry the person they love and until the legislative vote reflects the solid majority of Illinoisans and Americans who stand for treating their neighbors the way they want to be treated.?

 

Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin released the following statement:

?The House of Representatives has neglected the rights of its constituents by failing to vote on marriage equality legislation.? For months, LGBT couples and their children have had their lives put on hold throughout an exhaustive political process that ultimately came up short.

?Today?s inaction is a prime example of why the U.S. Supreme Court must rule in favor of full marriage equality nationwide to ensure the security and welfare of these and countless other American families aren?t left to chance in future political battles.

?We?re grateful to the bill?s sponsors, state Rep. Greg Harris and state Sen. Heather Steans, for their leadership in getting us this far, and will continue to work with them and all of our allies in Illinois to ultimately achieve full marriage equality.

?We have come so far over the last few months and this tremendous progress is thanks in part to the tremendous leadership of businessman and philanthropist Fred Eychaner, to whom our community is very grateful.?