VIDEO: Greg Harris and Deb Mell impassioned statements on SB10 failure

Sat. June 1, 2013 9:00 AM by News Staff

rep. greg harris announces sb10 would not be called

photo credit // tim carroll/windy city times
Springfield, IL - The Illinois House failed to vote on SB10, the legislation that would have brought same-sex marriage to Illinois, before the General Assembly adjourned for the session late Friday.

Shortly after 7 p.m., an emotional Harris addressed the chamber. Fighting back tears, he acknowledged that, despite several high-profile supporters, some colleagues did not have the support of their constituents and asked for more time.

"I have never been sadder to accept such a request," Harris said. He promised that the issue would be re-opened in the veto session in the fall, but added, "In the meantime, I apologize to the families who were hoping to wake up full and equal citizens."

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