Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, who Tuesday said he is “very disappointed” the Democratic-led House failed to vote on a marriage bill, today called for a special session of the state legislature this month. While the Illinois Governor is demanding the legislature fix the state’s underfunded pension plan, could he also force a vote to extend marriage to same-sex couples?
The special session begins June 19, less than two weeks from now.
Anti-gay and religious organizations spent this week labeling the lack of a vote as a “victory.”
After Rep. Greg Harris announced he would not bring the bill to the floor for a vote last Friday, he promised to bring it back in November, to allow lawmakers enough “time to to talk to their constituents and reach out to their minds and hearts.”
Has there been enough time?
Strategically, it might prove wiser to wait until November, when lawmakers and activists have done their homework. If the bill passes in June, or August, or November, marriages could not begin immediately — they would all, regardless of the date of the bill’s passage, likely begin in June of next year, based on legislative requirements.
— Governor Pat Quinn (@GovernorQuinn) June 6, 2013
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