Was Thursday the Day? Sort Of…

by Beverly A. Pekala on January 4, 2013

As it turned out, Thursday was not the day for legalizing gay marriage in Illinois. But it was the day Illinois moved closer to that goal,though perhaps mostly in spirit. Last evening (yes, this did happen after business hours) the Illinois Senate Executive Committee voted  8-5 in favor of the gay marriage legislation, which means the bill will be sent to the full Senate.

So what does that mean? It means there still needs to be a full vote by the Illinois legislature, and that the legislation to legalize same-sex marriage requires only a simple majority. When is that going to happen? We don’t know.
Advocates say they still expect that the Illinois legislature will approve gay marriage, but admit it won’t necessarily happen overnight. Things can be tricky here in the Land of Lincoln, where the distance between Chicago and downstate is measured by more than miles. Although Democrats hold a majority in the Senate, there are a number of concerns to address. There remain strong and vocal opposition from conservatives and religious groups, and even supporters of same-sex marriage admit that the current proposed legislation will require amendments before a full vote can be taken.
Still, reading the tea leaves leads to the likely conclusion that we’re moving in the direction of Illinois legislatively legalizing gay marriage.

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