January 3, 2013
By Jacob Combs
Marriage equality’s chances in Illinois seem pretty unsettled right now, as Kate Sosin of Windy City Times, who has been on top of this story from the beginning, writes this afternoon:
The fate of a bill that would legalize gay marriage is uncertain today, as two supportive Senators have been called away from Springfield on family emergencies.
LGBT leaders and lawmakers declined to name the two missing Senators, but said that unless they can secure two more “yes” votes, a vote on the bill Thursday would be unlikely.
Sponsors of the bill had hoped for a vote on marriage, now tacked onto another bill as an amendment, on Thursday. The amendment was expected in the Executive Committee Thursday morning with a vote possible later in the day. But the absence of the two Senators appears to have stalled efforts.
The glitch has raised questions about whether or not the bill will be called to a vote in both the House and Senate by Jan. 9 when new lawmakers are sworn in.
“It doesn’t mean that the whole marriage equality bill in the lame duck session dies,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.
Of course, we’ll keep following the story and bring you news as it happens.