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Madigan Grants Same Sex Marriage Bill Approval Deadline Extension

Madigan Grants Same Sex Marriage Bill Approval Deadline Extension

House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago)

House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago)

(Springfield, IL) – Insider: The Illinois same sex marriage bill had its deadline date for approval extended into the summer.

House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) acted quietly on Friday night before the House adjourned to extend the bill’s deadline for approval until August 31.

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) told a packed House chamber on Friday evening that he had to put off a vote on the proposal until November.

However, were Governor Pat Quinn to call lawmakers back to Springfield in the summer for a special session to address pension reform, which also was left without resolution, he could include Senate Bill 10 in a special session proclamation.

If Quinn declines to include marriage equality in any order to lawmakers to return to Springfield, Madigan could call a House special session of his own at the same time to take up the legislation, an insider noted.

“It’s a fascinating move,” said one, long-time lobbyist. “It suggests that there is plan to get it done.”

A veteran Democratic lawmaker briefed on Madigan’s step said, “A potential summer special session would channel the energy and anger of marriage equality backers into productive versus destructive advocacy.”

Nevertheless, during a summer session, House lawmakers would need to amend the bill and change the effective date from “30 days” from a gubernatorial signature to June 1 in order to avoid a 3/5th or 71 vote requirement, an insurmountable hurdle.

Amending the bill’s effective date would also require an Illinois Senate vote to concur with such a change.

A deadline extension by itself resolves none of the political problems associated with the bill’s opponents, but it may give advocates an incentive to work to resolve them before summer’s end.

Stay tuned.


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  1. I don’t get it…. what is the ‘fascinating move’ that happened? Or should it have been written, “It would be a fascinating move”?

    • The deadline extension. That’s an extremely rare move after session adjournment and to set it two months before lawmakers are scheduled to return to Springfield.


  2. The Democrats have depended on the LBGT Community for years. Promises made to us, promises broken. WE NEED TO REMEMBER THIS THE NEXT TIME WE VOTE — DON’T VOTE, or vote for an Independent. The Democrat Party has to see we weild power, too. AND WE EXPECT SUPPORT FROM ALL DEMOCRATS IN OFFICE —– OR THEY DON’T GET OURS. But, time will likely dull the memories of the general LBGT Community who are more interested in partying than supporting our struggle for EQUAL RIGHTS AND EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW….

  3. The current equality advocacy is destructive? Hmm…

  4. I think that given the reality that they did not have the votes to pass SB-10, the strategy to “give some representatives some time over the summer” to meet with their constituents was practical. Some legislators might need the cover of positive Supreme Court decisions later this month to let them vote for marriage equality and not damage themselves so much with their constituents. Let’s hope the Supreme Court decisions go our way!

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