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Illinois Senate clears procedural hurdle for marriage

Timothy Kincaid

November 6th, 2013

Although the Illinois Senate had previously passed marriage equality, amendments in the House required a second vote. (NYT)

The measure passed the Illinois Senate in February, but for procedural reasons it had to be voted on there again. On Tuesday, the Senate quickly approved changes the House made to the bill, sending it to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat who has said he will sign it. Illinois couples could begin marrying on June 1.

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Gene in L.A.
November 6th, 2013 | LINK

I suppose the amendments had to do with reaffirming the right of people to opt out of certain provisions based on religious beliefs. That seems always to be the hangup for some people.

TomTallis
November 6th, 2013 | LINK

Actually not. It was to set the effective date of the bill to June 1, because to have had an earlier date, as I understand it, would have required the senate to pass it by 71 votes.

Because of Quisling Democrats voting against, it didn’t get 71 votes, so the date had to be changed to June 1. For some reason that change meant that passage only would require 61 votes.

If I’m incorrect on this, please step up!

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