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Next week, as the veto session resumes in Illinois, a very important bill will be up for a vote in Springfield. That bill is the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (IL SB10), which if passed, will make Illinois either the 15th or the 16th state to legalize marriage equality.

If the bill passes with more than 60 but less than 71 votes during the veto session in the House, it will likely be amended to delay the effective date to June 1st, 2014. And it will also cause the Senate to vote on it again (should pass easily there), and then onto Governor Quinn's desk to sign it for it to become law, effective 06.01.2014.

If the bill passes with 71+ votes during the veto session or 60+ during the regular session, it will go straight to the Governor and will take effect 30 days from the bill's passage and/or the Governor's signature on the bill.

David Ormsby at Illinois Observer:

(Chicago) – Insider: It seems likely that the Illinois House will be voting on same sex marriage legislation when lawmakers return to Springfield next week.
State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), the measure’s chief House sponsor, strongly hinted on Wednesday night that he plans to call the bill for a vote during the last week of the fall veto session which begins on Tuesday, November 5.
“I think my colleagues should be prepared next week to make history on marriage equality,” Harris told The Illinois Observer during his fall fundraiser in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.
WLS Chicago (ABC7):
November 1, 2013 (CHICAGO) -- After months of energetic lobbying, both sides in the Illinois same-sex marriage debate are ready for a vote next week that supporters say would fulfill a pledge by the sponsor to bring the issue back to Springfield.

Anticipating a likely vote during the final week of the veto session, some lawmakers previously on the fence have announced their position on the question. Others are quickly drafting proposed changes so they can support the bill. More activists are calling for immediate action. And even opponents are planning for fallout ahead of the campaign season.

I personally hope and pray that same-sex marriage is legalized in my home state, and I urge you to call and/or email your Representative to tell that person to vote YES on IL SB10!
In the words of Duck Dynasty's Uncle Si, Let's pass the damn bill, jack!

More on the IL marriage equality fight, see the #IL4M tag on Justin's Political Corner.

Twitter/Instagram/Facebook hashtags in support of IL SB10: #IL4M, #ILove, #ILequality, #ILSB10, #ILCantWait

The REAL FACTS about SB10 and the lies that IFI and their ilk spout out about the bill, which are debunked in this infosheet:

Originally posted to JGibson on Fri Nov 01, 2013 at 03:06 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality, Land of Lincoln Kos, and Chicago Kossacks.

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