Illinois Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie is calling on House
members to approve a gay marriage bill.
Currie, the chamber's second-ranking Democrat, said in a letter to
House members earlier this month that allowing gay couples to marry
is a matter of equality and that it would boost the state's economy.
The marriage measure was approved in the Senate on Valentine's
Day. But a vote in the House was called off by its sponsor, Rep.
Greg Harris, at the last moment. Harris recently suggested that a
vote might not come until next year.
gay marriage bill might not see House vote this year.)
“Illinois has been missing out on this economic opportunity long
before Minneapolis' mayor unleashed his advertising campaign in our
state,” Currie said, a reference to Mayor R.T Rybak's “Marry Me
In Minneapolis” campaign.
R.T. Rybak in Chicago to drum up gay marriage business.)
“For whichever reason moves you, it's time we stop playing
second fiddle to our neighbors and do what is best for our state,”
Illinois is one of four states which recognize gay couples with
civil unions. The other three are New Jersey, Hawaii and Colorado.