By Dave Dahl
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois House sponsor of a same-sex marriage bill predicts a new bill will get a vote “very soon.”
State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) says when civil unions became law, it was described as the first step as a very long journey toward legal marriage. That has changed.
“The people of America are ahead of us,” said Harris. “They are doing the right thing. They believe the right thing. The journey is short because people want it to be short. The journey to full marriage is not going to be as long as we thought because folks have talked to their neighbors, they’ve talked to their clergy people; they’ve decided that treating every couple equally in the eyes of the law is the right thing to do.”
Harris says new, younger lawmakers in Springfield could have the kind of perspective to make a same-sex marriage vote a majority. The head count was so close in the Senate last week that it took only two senators away for family illness and a third senator on vacation to make a difference. The bill did not move.