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Op-ed: Will Illinois Be Left at the Altar — Again?

[bold][italic]Why Illinois marriage rights activists are putting the pressure on gay state lawmaker Greg Harris.[/italic][/bold]

After making good progress toward enacting equal marriage rights at the start of this year, Illinois has watched as state after state — Delaware, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and now New Jersey — march past it to the marriage rights altar. Illinois is increasingly looking like a bumpkin state.

This isn't for lack of popular support for marriage equality here. Illinoisans support the equal marriage rights bill by a nearly 2-to-1 ratio, according to a February Crain's Chicago Business poll.

The Democrats, who claim to support equal rights for LGBTs, have a virtual lock on the statehouse, with big majorities in each house, the governorship, and most other statewide offices. To the consternation of old-line Republican business leaders, the Tea Partiers have made the statewide Republican Party a joke, at least so far as regaining real power is concerned. Their fulminations against women, gays, immigrants, labor, and virtually everyone else have made winning control of the powerful House and Senate a virtual impossibility in the short term. With such near-total power for statehouse Democrats, their failure to pass the marriage equality bill stands out in sharp relief.

So what's the hold-up for marriage equality in Illinois?

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by By Andy Thayerreply 810/29/2013

fear and ignorance?

by By Andy Thayerreply 110/29/2013

They're divvying up the catering jobs as we speak.

by By Andy Thayerreply 210/29/2013

They're waiting for that old sick fascist Cardinal George to die.

by By Andy Thayerreply 310/29/2013

Greg Harris needs to go. He's an utter failure.

by By Andy Thayerreply 410/29/2013

If Madigan wanted gay marriage it would have happened ten years ago.

by By Andy Thayerreply 510/29/2013

[quote]If Madigan wanted gay marriage it would have happened ten years ago.

Yes, right about the time his step-daughter began her merkening with a man..

by By Andy Thayerreply 610/29/2013

Please remember that this is a bigoted shithole that only looks civilized when it's compared to Indiana or Kentucky.

When they are that hateful towards brown or poor people, it can only extend to LGBT rights.

Also, polls don't matter in Illinois. The only voices heard belong to corporations threatening to leave, religious nuts who score coverage, and PAC money that produces deadbeats like Walsh.

by By Andy Thayerreply 710/29/2013

But we're going to change everything.

by By Andy Thayerreply 810/29/2013
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