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Illinois Gay Marriage Bill Passes Committee, Goes On for House Vote

Executive Committee members voted largely along party lines Tuesday night.

Written by Shannon Antinori

Members of the Illinois House Executive Committee voted 6-5 Tuesday night to advance the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.

Senate Bill 10 was approved by State Senators on Valentine’s Day. It now heads for a full vote by the House of Representatives.

On Tuesday night, committee members voted along party lines, with Democrats supporting the marriage fairness act and Republicans voting against the measure, save for one exception, according to the Huffington Post. Democrat Eddie Lee Jackson Sr. of East St. Louis voted against the bill.

No definite date has been set for a full House vote on the bill. 

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Dan Johnson March 03, 2013 at 11:13 PM
50 Supreme Court briefs supporting marriage equality have been submitted. They explain why there is no rational reason for denial of this fundamental right to same sex couples. Links to PDF copies of major amicus briefs filed in support of the constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that eliminated equal marriage rights for same-sex partners: http://www.sfcityattorney.org/index.aspx?page=501
Dan Johnson March 03, 2013 at 11:17 PM
Marriage it is a fundamental right of all individuals, as affirmed by the Supreme Court on 14 occasions. The only eligibility requirement for fundamental rights is being human. Reasonable restrictions may be made only when a compelling and legitimate governmental interest can withstand judicial scrutiny. Most can agree with the courts that reasonable restrictions include age, ability to demonstrate informed consent, and not being closely related or currently married. Gender is not a restriction. While churches may place any restrictions they choose on their own ceremonies, the government can only restrict fundamental rights when a compelling and legitimate justification can be demonstrated. Procreation ability has never been a requirement for marriage, and therefore fails as a legitimate qualification. Yet even that irrational excuse for discrimination ignores the fact that gay people can and do reproduce, and are raising children either biologically related or adopted. Denial of equal treatment under the law provides nothing to opposite sex couple families. It only harms same sex couple families needlessly. Gay couples are seeking to be treated equally under the laws currently in effect, in the remaining states that do not yet recognize their marriages, and by the federal government. Neither tradition nor gender provides a legitimate governmental interest sufficient for denial of this fundamental right.

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