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Published On: Mon, Jun 3rd, 2013

Gay marriage bill fails in Illinois, Rep Greg Harris promises it will be back

Illinois lawmakers failed Friday night to approve a bill to legalize gay marriage, but the bill’s sponsor pledged to bring it back for passage at the end of the year.

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The 60 votes were not there for the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, also known as SB 10, so Democrat leaders of the Illinois House of Representatives did not bring it up.

Several colleagues said “they could not cast a vote on this bill today,” said State Rep. Greg Harris, the bill’s lead sponsor.

“I have never been sadder to accept such a request,” he said tearfully, but they asked for time to go back to their districts, talk to constituents and return in November to support the bill.

“We will be back and we will be voting on this bill, in this legislature,” Harris said.

The measure can be revived in November in what is known as a “veto session,” but 71 House votes are needed to pass a bill in that session.

“In a liberal state like Illinois, this is a truly remarkable victory,” said Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute, one of the groups that opposed the “genderless marriage” bill.

Gay-rights supporters were outraged that a Democrat-led state would fail to pass a marriage bill, but promised to keep up the pressure until it was passed.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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  1. Olufunkesmith says:

    I hope that Bill may not be approved for sometime because Gay marriage is Unnatural .
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130505230123AAj2Yha

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  3. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    AFTER THE KENYAN PUBLICALLY ENDORSED SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN MAY 2012, THE gay lobby GAVE HIS CAMPAIGN NINE-MILLION DOLLARS IN THREE DAYS. AFTER THE KENYAN LEAVES OFFICE, I ASSUME HE WILL WANT TO HAVE BUSINESS DEALINGS IN ILLINOIS. IF SOME OF THESE DEALINGS INVOLVE NEGROES, HE MAY NEED “GRASS-ROOTS'” SUPPORT – WHICH MEANS, THE NEGRO CHURCH.

    AS A “LAME DUCK,” THE KENYAN OWES gays NOTHING. HE PROBABLY WANTS THEM TO BE CONTENT WITH THOSE STATES WHICH HAVE LEGALIZED SAME SEX MARRIAGE.

    THE KENYAN WANTS TO LOOK GOOD IN HISTORY BOOKS. HE DOES NOT WANT Martin Luther King, Jr., TO BE THIS NATION’S ONLY black hero. TO ALLOW PERVERSION ON HIS “HOME TURF” WOULD SAY TOO MUCH ABOUT HIM AS A MAN, THEREBY, “OVERSHADOWING” ANY DECENT INFORMATION HISTORY MAY PROVIDE ABOUT HIS LEGACY.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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