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Marriage bill gets clearance for consideration next week
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2013-05-24

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The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which would bring equal marriage to Illinois, has been granted a one-week extension for consideration, in a procedural move that will allow it to be heard through the end of session.

May 24 marked the deadline for consideration on Senate bills sent to the House, but the deadline on the marriage bill has been extended, as anticipated, to allow for a vote within the week. The House now has until May 31 to vote on the bill.

Chief Sponsor Rep. Greg Harris told Windy City Times he will "absolutely" call the bill to a vote before session ends at the end of the month and that it will pass.

Harris reiterated that sentiment in an email to supporters May 24.

"There's exactly one week left in the legislative session," he wrote. "And let me make one thing clear: in the next seven days, we can — and we will — secure the freedom to marry."

Harris called on supporters to keep the pressure on representatives in the final days.

The bill has already passed the Senate. Gov. Quinn strongly supports the measure and is expected to sign it. The new law would take effect 30 days after signing.


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