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Illinois is poised to become the 10th state in the union to approve marriage equality. The state Senate has passed it, the House committee with jurisdiction has approved it, and it's now just awaiting a vote in the full House, which could happen this week, or it could be postponed until after the House returns from spring recess April 8. With this vote imminent, President Obama's Organizing for Action is jumping in, sending out an email blast to mobilize Illinois activists to lobby House members.

Here's an excerpt from the email:

Like President Obama said last year, he believes that marriage equality is a question of fairness -- of treating others the way you want to be treated.

Right now, his home state is just one step away from becoming the 10th state in the nation to approve same-sex marriage—and making sure that gay and lesbian families in Illinois are treated equally in the eyes of the law.

We've heard from OFA supporters here in Illinois that this issue matters to you, and that's why we're teaming up with Illinois Unites for Marriage—a joint project of ACLU Illinois, Equality Illinois, and Lambda Legal—to add our voices to this fight.

This House vote is the final hurdle to making sure this historic legislation becomes the law of the land. Right now, a number of state representatives are still undecided, and we know this vote's going to be close.

The bill will require 60 votes, and it appears to be very tight. The bill's sponsor, Democratic Rep. Greg Harris, seems optimistic that the votes are there, but a vote won't be scheduled until they're nailed down. "When I call this for a vote, it will pass," he said. OFA's lobbying could help secure those votes and hasten marriage equality in one more state. If you're in Illinois, you can join in and call your legislator.

If you're not in Illinois, and want to do something in the fight for equality, don't forget that Daily Kos is working to help Oregon United for Marriage win on the 2014 ballot, when the question will be put before the state's voters. Please contribute now to Oregon United for Marriage.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM PDT.

Also republished by Madison County, Illinois Kossacks, Land of Lincoln Kos, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 10:20:45 AM PDT

  •  Possibly OT, but since this is such an issue (2+ / 0-)
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    geez53, bythesea

    for bible thumpers, playing on the "Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve" meme:

    let's talk about Adam and Eve...... and their kids..... and their grand kids.

    Who did what to whom and what kind of family value did that reflect and none of them were married?

    Cain walks up to Adam and asks "where's Mom?' and Adam says "She went out with Cain"?

    How do we tell the children?

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 11:27:22 AM PDT

  •  Governor Quinn (3+ / 0-)
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    geez53, JGibson, bythesea

    sent out an e-mail blast last week that automatically hooked us up with our rep's e-mail address. I know he has said he is anxious to sign it, but I was still happy to see it. I wish they'd stop futzing around though.

    I used to wonder why somebody didn't do something, then I realized I am somebody.- unknown

    by Brimi on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 11:28:41 AM PDT

  •  To Clarify (2+ / 0-)
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    geez53, bythesea

    Contributing To the bottom group will help Illinois?

  •  Were does the vote stand? (0+ / 0-)

    Anybody know how many defections we can have in the Illinois House? Also are there any declared Democratic defectors?

    •  There are 71 Democrats (0+ / 0-)

      and only 47 Republicans in the House, so there are are many Democratic defections, especially Downstate. Here is a link to a 3/1/13 Chicago Magazine article that lists where the legislators stood at that time.

      http://www.chicagomag.com/...

      I used to wonder why somebody didn't do something, then I realized I am somebody.- unknown

      by Brimi on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 11:49:54 AM PDT

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  •  Would be nice to get some "DixieCrat" support (1+ / 0-)
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    JGibson

    down here. Christian Hate Radio is pushing back quite hard and would be nice to smirk at my Holier-Than-Everyone neighbor when it's signed.

  •  OFA is about commitment and action in my opinion. (0+ / 0-)

    The following levels are adapted from a model in educational psychology (Krathwohl, Bloom and Masia) and what I think aptly describes what I have passed through being involved in OFA the last four years.

    Receiving:  Being aware of or attending to something in the environment.

    Responding:  Showing some new behaviors as a result of experience.

    Valuing:  Showing some definite involvement or commitment

    Organization:  Integrating a new value into one's general set of values, giving it some ranking among one's general priorities.

    Characterization of Value:  Acting consistently with the new value.

    The value is civic engagement and the commitment is to become active and to organize around the issues one cares about.

  •  I donated and wrote to my rep (0+ / 0-)

    to get Marriage Equality passed here in Maryland and I have a gay son. so this issue is dear to my heart. But I wonder if this is the best use of OFA resources.  Strategically, OFA should be concentrating on state legislative races and local/school board/county downballot races in order to build a solid bench of candidates for the future. The Republicans have been doing that for about 30 years now, which is why 2010 happened.

    If this is just a warm-up exercise, testing the efficacy of OFA methods at local levels it is all fine. But I don't think fights like this should be a significant part of OFA's program. This fight probably wouldn't even be happening now if there had been something like OFA helping to elect more and better Dems to state legislatures.

    You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "Never get involved in a land war in Asia".

    by yellowdog on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 12:21:07 PM PDT

  •  I'm probably out of line here. . . (1+ / 0-)
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    librarisingnsf

    but for cat's sake. . .is there something in this country, in this world, that should be more prioritized. . .like, maybe, the growing problems with the environment and a likely Environmental Armageddon coming on? Or a Congress that absolutely hates the public that elected them, and therefore we get the hind tit treatment all the time? Come on, folks. . .there has to other matters of more urgency that are being throttled, as in denied, given all the rest of this stuff. Sure, it's important human rights, but there is so damn little attention in this country paid to environmental problems, including too much attention given to the likes of the fracking industry, the Keystone project, and all the rest of the monkey business that gets top dog postings. How about some triage here for a change? We can still deal with the inequalities that are notorious in this country.

    Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

    by richholtzin on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 12:50:03 PM PDT

    •  Search tags: environment vs gay rights (1+ / 0-)
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      librarisingnsf

      in the last week, you will find 60 with the tag "environment" and 8 with the tags "gay rights" or "marriage equity" on DK.

      But I hear that for you, viscerally, 8 diaries on human rights for us queers is 7 diaries too many.

      Your opinion about gays is noted: we are low on your list of what matters, and we should shush up.

      Shushing up, now.  Sorry I took up so much of space (in a diary about gay marriage).  

      "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of the United States of America -9.75 -6.87

      by Uncle Moji on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 06:03:46 PM PDT

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    •  Walk and chew gum at the same time! (0+ / 0-)

      We can do it, so calm down!

  •  Gay Marriage Bill (0+ / 0-)

    Unfortunately, we liberals do not know how to count votes. The bill is 12 votes short of passage according to Speaker Madigan. So why do we bring a bill up when it will fail?
    Can't we liberals count?

    •  Um, no. (0+ / 0-)

      Rep. Harris is counting the votes. That's precisely why he says "When I call this for a vote, it will pass."

      He won't call it before those votes are solid. (My state rep is a solid "aye" by the way.)

      Many bills in Illinois' General Assembly often go right down to the last minutes of the session, so don't be surprised if this bill is one of them. The spring session ends on May 31. My guess is that marriage equality will be called, and will pass, sometime between May 28 and the 31st. May I be pleasantly surprised before then.

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