UPDATE #2: As of January 4, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., it appears as though the fight for Marriage Equality is dead for this session. A new session with a new Legislature starts January 9th. Let us hope that the next session can get something done sooner rather than later.
UPDATE: According to the Windy City Media Group, a vote for Marriage Equality will not take place this week. The Legislature still has until January 9th to get this measure passed before a new session new begins.
Illinois is trying to pass Marriage Equality as soon as possible, and today that meant changing how they were even going about it. The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, a bill months in the making, has been tacked on as a Senate Amendment to House Bill #4963.
The reason the bill is being attached to HB4963, a bill about automobile rentals, is because the Senate failed to secure enough votes to waive the posting rule on the Bill. Without waiving the 24-hour posting rule, the bill could have been delayed.
Senator Heather Steans was the sponsor of both bills.
Many media outlets are saying that a vote could take place as early as Noon today.
If you have not called your legislative representatives to encourage them to vote for Marriage Equality, do so today.
It is time for Illinois to finally allow equal marriage for same-sex couples. Massachusetts, New York, Washington, Vermont, Maryland, New Hampshire, Iowa, Maine, and Connecticut all have equal marriage, and none of them have burst into flames yet. Therefore, I think we will be safe if it passes here.