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Marriage On The Back Burner In Illinois

This is not surprising in the least. Back in February, Illinois State Representatives Greg Harris, Deb Mell and Kelly Cassidy introduced HB5170. The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act would have legalized same-sex marriage in Illinois; however, the Sun-Times has reported that the representatives believe that HB5170 will be on the back burner this year.

Representative Greg Harris stated that he was not optimistic that the bill would be brought up ahead of fiscal matters. According to the Sun-Times “[HB5170] was first introduced on Feb. 8 and, perhaps unsurprisingly during an election year in which fiscal issues have been front-and-center, remains pent up in the House Rules Committee. But Harris, one of the three openly gay lawmakers in the House who filed the legislation, said introducing the bill fosters dialogue between lawmakers and their constituents and gives interested parties a chance to evaluate their positions.”

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