Crains Chicago Business published an article about the recent announcement from Illinois legislators who plan to push for a vote for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in early January. The ACLU of Illinois has advocated for full marriage rights for same-sex couples in Illinois, and has represented nine couples in a court case against the Cook County Clerk. Whether through litigation or legislation, the ACLU of Illinois believes that the time for marriage is now. Crains spoke with the bill's sponsor, State Representative Greg Harris:
"The timing is right for us to push this," said Mr. Harris, who spoke with Ms. Steans in a joint conference call today. Some lawmakers who had been opposed now are taking a second look, Mr. Harris said, in view of the Election Day decision by voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington state. "Folks are seeing what's going on around the country."