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GOP lawmakers propose bills to amend, repeal marriage equality in Illinois

Friday, January 24, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Two Republican lawmakers have already proposed bills to amend or repeal Illinois’ recently approved marriage equality law before it is set to take effect in June.

Kyle McCarter

Kyle McCarter

State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon, Ill.), has introduced a bill seeking to repeal the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act passed by the Illinois legislature in November and signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn.

But marriage equality advocates say McCarter, who is seeking reelection this year, is just playing to his conservative base.

“Having lost the war, opponents to the freedom to marry now want to re-fight the battles and turn back the march of history and the progress of the state of Illinois,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, an LGBTQ Equality Rights Group.

“McCarter’s proposal to repeal the law may be more about appealing to his conservative constituents than an actual attempt to end marriage equality in the state,” said Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), who was the chief sponsor in the Senate of the marriage equality bill.

“He [McCarter] knows it’s not going to go anywhere. He’s just doing this to show his constituents,” said Steans.

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McCarter is not the only Illinois lawmaker set to undo the measure.

Another bill, submitted by state Rep. Josh Harms (R-Watseka, Ill.), who is also seeking reelection, wants to expand on the exemptions already included in the law that protect religious institutions and members of the clergy from being forced to perform or recognize same-sex marriages.

“This is just politics,” said Civil Rights Agenda executive director Anthony Martinez. “It’s an election year in Illinois and whenever that happens there’s always legislators who introduce legislation that will really go nowhere, but appeals to their base and I think that’s exactly what he’s done here.”

“While we do not expect either measure to gain any traction in the legislature, these bills demonstrate that marriage opponents are not giving up and they’re not closing up shop in Illinois,” Cherkasov said. “And we will not allow candidates to use the LGBT community and our allies as punching bags in an election year.”

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  1. All republicans want to do is waist their tax payers money

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:19pm
  2. Guess you didnt learn about Reagan tripling the national debt. This is the manifesto of the GOP....

    Replied on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:11pm
  3. Preach it brother!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:20pm
  4. Ah hell naw. My step-sister is getting married in the summer. Why the hell would this bastard want to end that??? Her fiance and her make such a sweet couple. It would be a shame if someone who they don’t know takes marriage away from them.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:20pm
  5. I’m a dem & proud of it!! I feel bad 4 Obama he’s tryin & people are judgin him wrongly!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:22pm
  6. They always seem to forget that the LGBT community votes, and pays taxes! Rights should NOT have to be voted on, that’s why they are called RIGHTS!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:22pm
  7. dingbats.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:23pm
  8. I am trying to understand why a same sex couple is so wrong. We don’t hurt anyone.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:23pm
  9. Don’t you just love a party that claims to be all about the constitution, yet knows nothing about it? Once rights are granted to a group, they can’t then be disenfranchised. This is the reason SCOTUS declared Cali’s Prop 8 unconstitutional, and that applies nationwide. Stupid is as stupid does…

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:25pm
  10. What a sicko!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:25pm
  11. there just trying to be some body instead of doing something good for the people of ill

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:25pm
  12. where is a bat this man needs learning,,,

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:26pm
  13. Gay face.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:28pm
  14. Enough is Enough! Let it go! This is 2014-not the 1950s. If you are against same-marriage, it is pure and simple, DON’T FUCKING HAVE ONE!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:29pm
  15. We need to repeal protections for religion. Social conservatives have no problem changing constitutions so we should do the same thing.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:34pm
  16. The LGBT community need to start digging until the find the dirt, there is always dirt where these assholes are concerned. Just go after them and make them rue this pathetic playing to their galleries.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:34pm
  17. why people want to waste time and money on such nonsense is ridiculous. :(

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:35pm
  18. Doesn’t this dope realize that he will forever be on the wrong side in history. Like all of those who wanted slavery?

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:39pm
  19. he needs to get over it

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:41pm
  20. I really wish people would stop voting for idiots like this that only want to waste millions of dollars to hurt people. #equality4all

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:41pm
  21. Kick him out of office, closed minded republican

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:42pm
  22. suits need to be filed against these people..

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:42pm
  23. GAYS ARE NOT CHILDREN THEY DONT NEED PERMISSION TO MARRY THEYRE ADULTS FUCKTARD ASHHOLES

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:45pm
  24. BURTN IN HELL

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:45pm
  25. Fix your teeth asshole!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:45pm
  26. If you aren’t smart enough to develop good legislation, GOPers legislate women and voters.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:47pm
  27. yeah people have rights and yes we pay taxes and vote agree !!! equal rights for all people !!bring on the gay marriage !!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:49pm
  28. yeah people have rights and yes we pay taxes and vote agree !!! equal rights for all people !!bring on the gay marriage !!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:50pm
  29. Idiots at work. Maybe he can introduce and repeal all the other laws too… How about the one that made him a lawmaker.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:54pm
  30. Good luck scumbags! That state is owned by the Democrats!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:55pm
  31. Good luck sore losers

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:59pm
  32. How would these so-called lawmakers [GOP] like to have their own marriages invalidated???

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:03pm
  33. “cough cough” bigot! *cough* Personal prejudices! *cough cough* waste of taxpayer dollars! *cough*

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:09pm
  34. They need to stop.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:11pm
  35. Why is it all these idiots have the stupidest grins in there pictures? Oh…. Never mind

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:19pm
  36. All Republicans do is put wedges, road blocks, and anything that will oppress . . . they are a pox on the face of America !!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:19pm
  37. Has a face only a mother could love

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:20pm
  38. The GOP/TPs just can’t grasp the fact that they have shit on everyone and now they’ve stepped in their own caca and are desperate. What the fuck did they think would happen as a result of their bigotry and misogynistic ways? Dumb fucks!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:20pm
  39. They keep bashing the Constitution they claim to love to dearly. There will come a day when every Republican will face their own vile evil shit they’ve done to the citizens of this country. That day is when ee vote out all of them.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:23pm
  40. Get to work doing something important,haters!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:24pm
  41. Let’s see it’s already been proven unconstitutional elsewhere, so let’s make MORE unconstitutional laws on the back of taxpayers–hey GOP where the HELL are the G$%^%MN JOBS you promised??????

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:28pm
  42. sad push to remain relevant….

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:34pm
  43. glad to see they are focusing on jobs bills.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:35pm
  44. Trust me, these bastards won’t quit. After the Supreme Court legalizes it in all 50 states, those S.O.B.’s will still be trying to screw us over.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:41pm
  45. Because this effects them how????

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:50pm
  46. recall the prick

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:53pm
  47. Get these bastards out of office!]

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:07pm
  48. Are they trying to win the biggest hateful fucker award?? Stop this shit already!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:09pm
  49. why waste tax payers money.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:17pm
  50. Funny, I am sure I gave come across his face before

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:20pm
  51. Yea good luck with that dumbass

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:24pm
  52. WTF. These Republicans are the real terrorist in this country.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:25pm
  53. Fucking D Bag

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:26pm
  54. Homophobic bigot and imbecile we should confront him at his offices with a large protest!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:27pm
  55. Yeah good luck with that. Next you should try stopping a moving train.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:40pm
  56. These people are strange. They may by behaving like this be trying to control their own homosexual impulses. Just a suggestion.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:42pm
  57. Now you all know why Governor Quinn didn’t make it legal until June 1st. I don’t really think he is on our side.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:48pm
  58. He has a fat face. He’ll never be hot. Sucks to be him.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:57pm
  59. they need to get over themselves and move on

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5:05pm
  60. Not gonna happen asshole

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5:23pm
  61. No way, why would you want to stop progress????

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5:44pm
  62. I really don’t see what they are so afraid of.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5:56pm