The legislation, sponsored by two other Chicago Democrats - Senator Heather Steans and Representative Greg Harris, failed to have the legislation voted on during the recently concluded "lame duck" session, but seem eager to have it voted into the law in this new session.
Whereas in the lame duck session, Senator Steans attempted to pass the Act as an amendment to the Nursing Home Care Act and to a piece of legislation dealing with automobile rentals, this time the Act is a bill in its own right: SB0110.
President Cullerton hopes to pass the Act out of committee next week.
Please, folks, if you have not contacted your State Senator and Representative, there is not time to lose. Urge your elected representatives to vote "no" on SB0110.
His Excellency the Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki has argued wisely and well against the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act simply on the grounds of the legislative history and the philosophical tradition upon which our country has been built. Please, re-read his letter and pass it on to your friends, or listen to the Bishop himself:
Update: The Catholic Conference of Illinois posted the following update on its Facebook page on February 1st at 4:19 p.m.:
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton wants to pass redefinition of marriage legislation -- now SB 10 -- on Valentine's Day. SB 10 is currently a "shell" bill -- it's empty -- but is up for a committee vote on Tuesday. Shell bills are easily amended -- like with redefinition of marriage language. Look up and call your state senator on Monday, asking him/her to vote "no" on redefinition of marriage.