This evening the Illinois state House ended the year’s legislative session without calling the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (SB 10) to a vote. The next time that the marriage equality bill could be considered is this November.
The Senate passed the bill on Valentines Day on a vote of 34 to 21.
The inability to bring the bill to a vote in the House, let alone to pass it, stands in answer Chief Justice John Roberts’s assertion that marriage equality advocates are politically powerful. During the U.S. Supreme Court hearing in March on the challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, Justice Roberts asked:
You don’t doubt that the lobby supporting the enactment of same sex-marriage laws in different States is politically powerful, do you? …As far as I can tell, political figures are falling over themselves to endorse your side of the case.
We do doubt it, Mr. Chief Justice. Even in “blue” Illinois.