The fall veto session is underway in Springfield and supporters of gay marriage made their presence felt at a rally outside the state Capitol Tuesday.
A civil union bill has already passed the Senate. House passage of a civil unions bill this fall is far from certain, but supporters of all kinds, including politicians from all levels made their feelings loudly known.
Republican State Comptroller Judy Barr-Topinka and a who’s-who of high profile Democrats were at the capitol for today’s rally.
It’s just a basic American right that we can marry who we want to marry. And that’s just a fact of life,” Barr-Topinka said.
“To me, marriage equality is a very simple issue. It is about just that: Fairness, respect, families and love, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said.
Hundred braved the cold and the rain to make their case in Springfield, the disappointment of the past Spring session fresh in many minds. Gay marriage never even made it to a vote then. The votes to pass the measure simply weren’t there. The measure has been stalled ever since and advocates have been working steadily behind the scenes to put more pressure on.
The position of the state’s chief executive has never been in doubt. Gov Quin said, “We believe in love. We believe in marriage equality. There was a writer, who wrote a letter, almost 2000 years ago. He said ‘love is patient, love is kind, love never fails.’ We need love to sign a marriage equality law and I’ll sign it as quickly as possible!”
It’s been five months since Senate Bill 10 passed a Valentine’s Day vote in the state senate. Several polls since then have shown most voters support it. But that doesn’t necessarily mean its closer to passage.
Same-sex marriage opponents are planning a rally of their own Wednesday.