BREAKING: Illinois House Adjourns Without Passing Marriage Equality

The Illinois House of Representatives adjourned Friday without voting on marriage equality. The Senate passed its version of the bill back on Valentine’s Day, and Gov. Pat Quinn (D) had promised to sign it into law.

As supporters jeered from the gallery, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Greg Harris (D), announced that several colleagues indicated they were not ready to vote for the bill. He suggested they may support the measure in November at a reconvened session.

In recent days, LGBT advocates and Harris had claimed to have the votes needed.

Recent polling showed 50 percent of Illinois voters support marriage equality, while just 29 percent oppose.


Harris told reporters that he had had the needed 60 votes for passage before a group of people backed out. The Chicago Phoenix reports that in the hours leading up to the non-vote, 12 Representatives withdrew their support for the bill.

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