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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Illinois Senate

Timothy Kincaid

February 14th, 2013

Today the State Senate in Illinois voted on the marriage equality bill. The bipartisan vote result: 34 for; 21 against; 2 abstentions

DEMOCRATS

Voting yes:

Bertino-Tarrant
Biss
Bush
Collins
Cullerton, J
Cullerton, T
Cunningham
Delgado
Frerichs
Harmon
Hastings
Holmes
Hunter
Hutchinson
Jacobs
Jones
Koehler
Kotowski
Landek
Lightford
Link
Manar
Martinez
McGuire
Morrison
Mulroe
Muñoz
Noland
Raoul
Sandoval
Stadelman
Steans
Trotter

Voting no:

Forby
Haine
Sullivan

Voting “present” (abstaining)

Harris
Van Pelt

Absent:

Clayborne
Silverstein

REPUBLICANS

Voting yes:

Barickman

Voting no:

Althoff
Bivins
Brady
Connelly
Dillard
Duffy
LaHood
Luechtefeld
McCann
McCarter
McConnaughay
Murphy
Oberweis
Radogno
Rezin
Righter
Rose
Syverson

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matt
February 14th, 2013 | LINK

I’m a happy Illinoisan today!!!

Ben In Oakland
February 14th, 2013 | LINK

Obe republican.

Quite sad.

Chris
February 14th, 2013 | LINK

How can you characterize the vote as “bipartisan” if just one lowly Republican voted in favor?! Face it Timothy, the Republicans are who they are and won’t change anytime soon.

Timothy Kincaid
February 14th, 2013 | LINK

Chris,

The terms used for votes in the United States are as follows:

Bipartisan – support from more than one party. (It can also mean opposition from more than one party, but it customarily is phrased “bipartisan opposition”. Without the clarifier, it is implied to mean support.)

Party Line – when all the members of one party support a bill and all the members of another oppose it.

Incidentally, it is in the best interest of the gay community that pro-gay votes be bipartisan. Independents – who make up about a third of the populace – tend to favor bipartisan votes but are much less favorable to partisan ones, irrespective of the issue or result. Which is why you will see every gay group trumpet the fact that this was a bipartisan vote.

It is, of course, not in the best interest of the the political parties when votes are bipartisan. Sharp divisions improve contributions and fuel campaigns.

So I guess you need to figure out which is more important to you.

(If it helps, while anti-gay extremists HATE bipartisan votes, most Democratic politicians seem to be delighted with the bipartisan nature of pro-gay votes. Even politicians sometimes put supporting what’s right ahead of their own partisan interests.)

gsingjane
February 15th, 2013 | LINK

What is the projected timeline for when marriage equality will start to happen in Illinois? It needs to pass the Assembly (done deal?) and be signed by the governor (also a done deal?) and can become law when?

ebohlman
February 15th, 2013 | LINK

It will go into effect 30 days after it’s signed. Passage in the Assembly isn’t quite a “done deal” but it’s considered likely. Governor Quinn has stated that he will sign it, and has spoken out multiple times in favor of its passage.

John
February 16th, 2013 | LINK

Anyone notice, not a single mention of the Illinois vote at NOM?

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