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Amendment filed to accelerate effective date of Illinois marriage bill

Springfield, IL — In a procedural move Wednesday, state Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) filed an amendment to accelerate the effective date of Senate Bill 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. 

State Rep. Greg Harris, Nov. 5
State Rep. Greg Harris, Nov. 5
Sen. Harmon's amendment is to House Bill 2747, which deals with the Freedom of Information Act. HB2747 would be up for a vote in January, during the new session of the legislature. If the amendment was approved, the bill was passed and then signed into law, the new effective date for SB10 would be 30 days after HB2747 passed, rather than the current effective date of June 1st, 2014.

"We are all eager for the freedom to marry to go into effect and are celebrating the historic victory that will bring it to Illinois on June 1, 2014," said Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov told "We are exploring with our legislative leaders the opportunities we'd have to move up the effective date."

The Illinois House approved Senate Bill 10 on Tuesday by a 61-54 vote. The Senate easily approved the measure an hour later. The bill was initially approved by the Senate on Valentine's Day, but stalled in the House on May 31.  
I don't understand this option well enough. What if the bill doesn't pass in January? Will this delay the June 2014 date. I would love to see this happen earlier but not by risking a delay.
Posted by bosco6159 on Wed, 11/6/2013 5:06 PM
If the bill doesn't amendment or the bill don't pass in January, it will have no effect on the current June 1st effective date. So there's really no risk to trying to accelerate with this procedural move.
Posted by WaymonHudson on Wed, 11/6/2013 5:18 PM
Thus, saving the gay parade and June celebration from having 1 million weddings.
Posted by new2gbman on Wed, 11/6/2013 8:35 PM
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I don't know, if I lived in Illinois, (and had a BF), I would want to get married in June to coincide with Pride month. I would love to see a million gay weddings in June, what a world record that would be.....
Posted by John Burns on Thu, 11/7/2013 5:36 AM
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