Gay-Marriage Supporters Turn Focus to Illinois; See Potential for 10th Victory

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), January 7, 2013 | Go to article overview

Gay-Marriage Supporters Turn Focus to Illinois; See Potential for 10th Victory


Byline: Cheryl Wetzstein, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Gay-marriage supporters on the hunt for their 10th victory are eyeing Illinois as a likely candidate and several other states as strong possibilities.Nine states and the District perform and recognize same-sex marriages, while 30 states have voter-passed constitutional amendments against it.In Illinois, one of several states that offers civil unions to gay couples, Democratic political leaders, including President Obama, U.S. Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, have urged state lawmakers to adopt gay marriage instead.Last week, an Illinois state senate executive committee approved a bill authorizing gay marriage. Due to the short, lame-duck schedule and missing lawmakers, however, proponents could not bring the bill for a floor vote.After the new Illinois legislature is sworn in Wednesday, We have to start from scratch and introduce a fresh bill, Bernard Cherkasov, chief executive of Equality Illinois, said Friday.The November elections gave Illinois Democrats supermajorities in both state chambers, and mathematically speaking, it would be definitely possible to pass the bill without Republican support, Mr. Cherkasov said.Previous gay-related laws, though, have been enacted with bipartisan support, and there will be strong efforts to win Republican votes for gay marriage, he said. In the recent Senate committee vote, Mr. Cherkasov added, the Republican minority leader said that while she couldn't vote for the gay-marriage bill yet, she looks forward to building bipartisan support for the bill. In Illinois, the House has 118 members, 71 of whom are Democrats; 60 votes are needed to pass a gay-marriage law. In the Senate, there are 59 members, 40 of whom are Democrats; 30 votes are needed to pass a law.Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, promised that strong, grass-roots opposition would continue against gay-marriage legalization efforts.Illinois Democrats are not in lockstep on this issue - at least six Democrats were vocally opposing gay marriage in the lame-duck session, said Mr. Gilligan We were able to articulate grave concerns about the legislation. So that's what we will continue to do, and we will hope and pray that lawmakers will see our side and we will be able to stop it, he said.Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Muslim, Mormon and other pastoral leaders representing 1,700 Illinois religious groups sent a letter Wednesday to all 177 lawmakers, asking them not to view marriage as an emotional bond between any two adults. Marriage between a man and a woman is the natural basis of the family, they said, and there is real peril that, under a gay-marriage law, individuals and religious organizations will be compelled to support it, in violation of their consciences and religious liberties. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Gay-Marriage Supporters Turn Focus to Illinois; See Potential for 10th Victory
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.