IL Gov. Quinn on Marriage Equality: “It’s Time to Pass It”

By Tim Peacock

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
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According to yesterday’s Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn believes we’ve been waiting too long for marriage equality and that a vote needs to happen. He called for House members to not only bring the legislation to a vote, but to approve it so he may sign marriage equality into law. Up to now, the legislation has remained stuck in the House (since being approved by the state Senate) for over 80 days.
“Illinois passing marriage equality into law, I think, sends a great signal to the people of our state and the people of America,” Quinn said yesterday. “So, it’s important that Illinois and the House of Representatives get moving. I believe a majority exists to get this bill passed through the House onto my desk so I can sign it into law.” [emphasis mine]
While Quinn is confident the votes are there, the House sponsor (Rep. Greg Harris) has been much more conservative in estimates of support and vowed to keep the legislation off the floor until he was sure it had enough votes to pass. With precious little time remaining before the end of the session though, Harris may be running out of time. And Quinn agrees.
“I think, you know, it’s time to vote,” Quinn said in his Thursday appearance. “We’ve waited now three months, and it’s, I think, plenty of time for people to reflect on it. And now it’s time to pass it.”

About Tim Peacock:
For virtually his entire life, Tim has been writing. Over the years he’s dabbled in mainstream fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and personal essays. The one consistent thread through his entire writing career has been blogging – he’s been doing it since 1997 in one form or another. In creating Peacock Panache, he’s combined two of his favorite hobbies: blogging and current events/politics. When not working here, Tim toils away at editing & rewriting the novels he’s completed over the years. You can read samples of his other work here.

You can find Tim elsewhere online at his personal website. You can also find him on LinkedIn as well as on Twitter as @timsimms

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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