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Conservative Democrats Seek to Ban Illinois Gay Marriage

(Chicago) – Conservative Illinois Democrats are attempting to short-circuit the same sex marriage efforts of their progressive counterparts.

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton)

State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) and State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton) each filed an amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would limit marriage to be between a man and a woman.

“Strong families make sure that their children are taught good manners and are given the tools they need to succeed,” said Haine.

Haine introduced Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 8 and Beiser introduced House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 4, both stipulate that only marriage between a man and a woman will be recognized in Illinois.

Either SJRCA 8 or HJRCA 4 would need to pass both the Senate and the House of Representatives before either will be placed put on the ballot in the next general election. An amendment must be approved by 60” of voters.

“There is a lot of discussion right now about changing the definition of marriage in Illinois, which would fundamentally alter communities across the state,” said Beiser. “Such a big change should not be pushed on the people on Illinois, unless they demonstrate that they want it.”

Meanwhile, the Illinois Senate approved on Valentine’s Day same sex marriage legislation, Senate Bill 10, sponsor by State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) by a convincing 34-21 margin.

Steans bill heads to the Illinois House.

Governor Pat Quinn has pledged to sign Steans’ bill if it lands on his desk.

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2 comments

  1. These two are total asshats.

  2. Senator Haine,I grew up in Alton, and I am deeply disappointed that you would attempt to divert attention from the important issues facing Alton by pandering to fear and ignorance in the form of your marriage definition amendment to the state constitution.

    Sadly, the beautiful, vibrant river town that Alton once was is little more than a memory. Instead of addressing the economic and infrastructure challenges we face, you attempt to legislate private lives, relationships, and morality.

    Absolutely nothing is threatened by including more people under the tent of marriage. There is no equality until we are all equal, and your amendment takes us in the wrong direction. Contrary to protecting our communities’ values, such legislation is divisive. Nobody says you have to be friends with same-gender families, but your likes, dislikes, and prejudices have no place within the scope of your duty as a legislator.

    Please, for those of us who love Alton — get busy doing your job. Address the decay of downtown. Do something about the continued economic devastation of our town. Withdraw this ill-conceived amendment and do something unifying and useful. This posturing is un-democratic and generally repugnant.

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