Marriage bill still awaiting vote in Illinois House

Meredith Flynn —  May 31, 2013

wedding_bandsNEWS | The Illinois House just approved concealed gun carry legislation, and has now turned its attention to other funding bills, further delaying an expected vote on same-sex marriage legislation. Today is the last scheduled day of the General Assembly’s spring legislative session.

Earlier, groups on both sides of the issue rallied in the Capitol’s rotunda. The Illinois Family Institute called on supporters of traditional marriage to meet this morning to pray together. Danny Holliday, pastor of Victory Baptist in Alton, introduced his prayer by reading part of the Declaration of Independence

Proponents of same-sex marriage also held a rally in the Capitol rotunda, singing “This Land is Your Land” and “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” Singers changed the words to the familiar chorus, heralding a Jesus who “does not discriminate.” A number of same-sex marriage supporters then packed the House gallery in anticipation of a vote.

Legislators have already had a long last day of session; the House began this morning at 9:30 and have continued debate and discussion since then, with a short afternoon rescues for committee meetings. The Senate also is still in session.

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Meredith is managing editor of the Illinois Baptist newspaper.