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Harris Hints at Illinois Same Sex Marriage Vote Next Week

Harris Hints at Illinois Same Sex Marriage Vote Next Week

(Chicago) – Insider: It seems likely that the Illinois House will be voting on same sex marriage legislation when lawmakers return to Springfield next week.

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), the measure’s chief House sponsor, strongly hinted on Wednesday night that he plans to call the bill for a vote during the last week of the fall veto session which begins on Tuesday, November 5.

“I think my colleagues should be prepared next week to make history on marriage equality,” Harris told The Illinois Observer during his fall fundraiser in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

“I spent the day making calls on marriage,” Harris said. “I very happy.”

Another Democratic lawmaker contacted by The Illinois Observer echoed Harris.

“Greg says he’s calling the bill next week and that’s he got the votes,” said the legislator. “I don’t know who he has flipped.”

In May, on the last day of the legislature’s spring session, Harris declined to call the legislation, Senate Bill 10, for a vote, saying that the votes were not there and that his colleagues needed more time in order to consult their constituents for a vote in the fall.

Harris’ comments on Wednesday come on the heels of other political intelligence that surfaced earlier this week regarding House Speaker Michael Madigan and the marriage equality legislation.

“I understand the Speaker has renewed interest in the marriage bill,” a top Democratic lawmaker told The Illinois Observer.

Some political observers have argued that Harris should delay the marriage bill vote until January, after the deadline for candidate petition filing for the March 2014 primary has safely passed to protect lawmakers who vote “yes” from drawing an opponent, but the Chicago Democrat seems ready to roll the dice.

Stay tuned.

DavidOrmsby@illinoisobserver.net

Twitter @IL_Observer

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