SPRINGFIELD, Illinois: A proposed bill to allow same-sex marriage in the state of Illinois has been put on the back burner, supporters of the bill noting that the state has higher priority issues to deal with first. The bill was introduced on February 8 and would delete a provision which outlaws marriage between couples of the same sex.
Rep. Greg Harris was the main proponent of the bill but made note that the state’s pension problems and approval of a general budget for the state have taken precedence over this issue. Though he also noted that the issue was not dead and is hopeful it will be talked about at a future date.
Opponents to same sex marriage had attempted to get a non-binding referendum on the state wide ballot in November, 500,000 signature were needed but the group leader commented that the signatures acquired will fall short of those needed. Only around 100,000 signatures have been gathered so far and the deadline for those signatures is the end of the month. Opponents to same sex marriage though noted that although the initiative will not make the November ballot, at least they were able to show that people do not support the issue.