Spring Break in Illinois: Mobilizing for Marriage Equality
March 22, 2013 by Lynne Bowman, Regional Field Director
IL legislature prepares to adjourn for two week vacation without a vote on marriage.
For weeks, all eyes have been on the Illinois House of Representatives. While the marriage equality bill passed out of the Senate on 2/14, and out of House committee on February 26, the full House has yet to take up the bill for consideration. Legislators leave today for a two-week vacation, and while a vote is possible tthis morning, it is unlikely.
The longer the bill waits for a vote, the more opponents of marriage are able to mobilize. Make no mistake, while legislators are home for two weeks, they will hear from the opposition. To date, thousands of people in Illinois have contacted their representatives through phone and email to express their support of marriage equality. We must keep the pressure on while legislators are in-district.
HRC, with our partners in the Illinois Unites for Marriage Coalition, including Equality Illinois, has been working hard in the field, and we will continue to do everything we can over the next few weeks to raise the voices of supporters of marriage equality. Phonebanks, in-district visits and visibility events are all being scheduled. If you're interested in getting involved with the work, contact me at Lynne.Bowman@hrc.org.
Everybody is needed, every voice is important.
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