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Democratic leader urges Ill. House to support marriage equality bill

Sunday, September 22, 2013

CHICAGO — The second-ranking Democrat in the Illinois House has become the latest elected official urging lawmakers to support same-sex marriage as a matter of equality and as a boost for the state’s economy.

Barbara Flynn Currie

Barbara Flynn Currie

Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie sent a letter to all House members earlier this month saying it’s time to approve legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. The letter follows a push in early September by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to lure Illinois’ gay couples to wed in Minnesota, which legalized same-sex marriage earlier this year.

Attempts to approve legislation have stalled in Illinois; A measure passed the state’s Senate but the House sponsor didn’t call a vote because he said he didn’t have the votes.

“Illinois has been missing out on this economic opportunity long before Minneapolis’ mayor unleashed his advertising campaign in our state,” Currie wrote in the letter released Saturday.

Currie said the wedding industry is big business and Illinois is losing millions to states like Minnesota that allow same-sex marriage. She said it’s also about ensuring everyone has the right to demonstrate their love.

Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel support same-sex marriage. Advocates have intensified efforts and are pushing for a vote next month, when lawmakers gather in Springfield.

“For whichever reason moves you, it’s time we stop playing second fiddle to our neighbors and do what is best for our state …” she wrote.

Opponents of the measure — largely religious groups and influential Chicago churches — have vowed to fight the measure, saying marriage should remain between a man and a woman.

Illinois allowed civil unions in 2011.

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23 more reader comments:

  1. Everyone deserves equality!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 6:39pm
  2. Please. I live in Illinois.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 6:48pm
  3. Get it done Illinois!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 7:01pm
  4. I live in Illinois pass it please thank u

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 7:49pm
  5. You can do it Illinois, do it !!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 8:08pm
  6. Those who don’t like it can always move else where like a warmer state !

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 8:09pm
  7. It will get passed eventually. But, will it be mandated on a federal level (in the next few years) or will Illinois have the balls to be a front-runner on equality and justice?

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 8:38pm
  8. Just get it done. Stop all the foolishness!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 9:01pm
  9. Let’s go Illinois!

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 9:30pm
  10. Iowa bound is IL doesnt pass this..

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 10:13pm
  11. we need this NOW in Illinois

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 10:33pm
  12. DO IT.

    Posted on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 10:42pm
  13. Yeah right!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 12:12am
  14. they better not if IL wants to remain in gods graces

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 12:50am
  15. Hopefully Illinois will get the marriage equality bill.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 12:55am
  16. Bravo for my representative Barbara Flynn Currie, Assistant Majority Leader. The Illinois Income tax system is based on Federal Returns, and it will be pure chaos if state tax must be assessed on a different basis than Federal Returns. State revenue is now at stake.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 1:11am
  17. We just got married in Santa Fe because it is taking our home State of Illinois to shit or get off the pot!! Unbelievable….

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 1:34am
  18. too long to shit or get off the pot!!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 1:36am
  19. Homo I care a less what he thinks

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 2:19am
  20. I am so tired of paying taxes for other peoples children’s schooling!! The fed’s have confirmed that they will recognize my recent marriage to my husband therefore, forcing the State of Illinois to do the same. I really hate these idiotic Christians that want to judge when, its really none of their damn business!!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 3:33am
  21. At the rate Illinois is going, we in Colorado are very liable to pass them up, regarding this matter. (We have Civil Unions; now gearing up to go for marriage).

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 7:13am
  22. About time.

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 1:49pm
  23. Make it happen Illinois!

    Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 8:39pm