With voters in four states handing their support to the legalization of same-sex marriage, homosexual activists in Illinois think it might be a good time to further the normalization of their lifestyle in the Land of Lincoln. Maine, Maryland, and Washington State all passed referendums in support of gay marriage, and voters in Minnesota defeated a ballot initiative for a state constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. In 2010, openly homosexual Illinois State Representative Greg Harris helped push through the Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act, which legalized same-sex civil unions, and plans to move on the legalization of full-blown homosexual marriage.
In a post-election interview with Crain's Chicago Business, Harris said that passing a gay marriage law in Illinois “is something we should be doing.... The climate has changed in a huge way.” Another openly homosexual state legislator, Representative Kelly Cassidy, predicted that “we are on a when, not if trajectory” for passing same-sex marriage in Illinois.
Bernard Cherkasov, head of the homosexual activist group Equality Illinois, said his state has a sufficient number elected officials who would make a stand for redefining marriage. “Here in Illinois itself, we had many candidates throughout the state who supported marriage equality, who ran in tight, competitive races and who won election, including candidates who were endorsed by our own PAC, so that was fantastic,” Cherkasov told CBS News.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that with veto-proof Democratic majorities in both houses of the state legislature, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has placed legalizing homosexual marriage as number three on his list of the legislative agenda items he will aggressively push in Springfield, the state's capital. Emanuel told the Sun-Times that he was focusing on a “number of subjects — and the governor [Democrat Pat Quinn] has to be a part of that.... One is retirement security and pension reform.... Two ... a casino for Chicago, but one in which ... all of the resources will go into building new schools and modernizing our schools.... Third, I will continue to advocate that we also pass marriage equality and end the discrimination on the books.”
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