Illinois veto session looms as marriage organizers push for last votes

Tue. September 10, 2013 8:10 AM by Windy City Media Group

Sponsors have between Oct. 22-24 and Nov. 5-7 to pass the bill in the veto session

Springfield, IL - Zero. That is the number of on-record "yes" votes for marriage equality added since May 31.

But LGBT leaders say that support for the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, SB10, is growing and they intend to see a vote on the bill during this fall's veto session.

LGBT leaders and sponsors are in the midst of a massive push to pass the bill, after an attempt to do so fell short during the spring session in May.

Illinois Unites for Marriage, the coalition of organizations leading that charge, has put 19 field organizers on the ground in 38 districts across the state. The campaign has also employed a field director and two deputy field directors under Campaign Manager John Kohlhepp, who was hired following the May shortfall.

"We hope to pass SB10 in the veto session," Kohlhepp said.

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Related: Hawaii governor calls special session on marriage equality

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Monday called a special session of the Hawaii legislature to consider marriage equality legislation. The special session will begin October 28, 2013, that's less than a week after Illinois lawmakers will meet for a veto session, which could include a vote on marriage equality in the House.

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage.