Medical marijuana use in Illinois is now in Gov. Pat Quinn’s hands after the state Senate approved legislation.
Lawmakers voted 35-21 Friday to send the measure to Quinn for final approval. Quinn hasn’t signaled whether he will sign it into law.
The proposal allows physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with specific terminal illnesses or debilitating medical conditions. Cancer, multiple sclerosis and HIV are among the 33 illnesses listed in the bill.
ALTON - In the face of a possible vote today on gay marriage in Illinois, two Alton legislators said they will introduce a bill to place a referendum on the ballot that would define marriage as only between a man and a woman.
The definition would be added to the Illinois Constitution if it receives 60 percent of the vote.
State Sen. William R. Haine and state Rep. Dan Beiser, both Alton Democrats, said in a joint news release they are proposing the bill and the referendum to defend traditional marriage and traditional family values.
“The family unit is the most important part of our community,” Haine said. “Strong families make sure that their children are taught good manners and are given the tools they need to succeed. Our community understands and values the traditional family, and I will continue to defend the values we hold dear.”
Beiser said voters deserve a chance to vote on such an important issue.
“There is a lot of discussion right now about changing the definition of marriage in Illinois, which would fundamentally alter communities across the state,” Beiser said. “Such a big change should not be pushed on the people in Illinois unless they demonstrate that they want it. That is why I believe this issue must be brought before every voter. We must stand together and defend our values.”
Each Alton legislator introduced bills in their respective chambers. Both the House and Senate must approve one or the other bill, and the governor must sign it.
The Illinois Senate on Thursday is expected to advance a bill legalizing same-sex marriage to a vote in the state House of Representatives, the last remaining obstacle to marriage equality in the land of Lincoln.
The state House of Representatives is considered to be more conservative than the state Senate and those opposed to the bill are also ramping up their efforts. Downstate, Springfield Bishop Thomas John Paprocki issued a screed urging that Catholics who “propose or promote the legal establishment of marriage as something other than the union of one man and one woman harm the common good of society.”
If Illinois moves to legalize same-sex marriage, it will become the tenth marriage equality U.S. state. The state has had civil unions available for same-sex couples since June 2011.
Chicago, IL — A bill to legalize gay marriage in Illinois will come up in a Senate committee meeting Tuesday and could see a floor vote on Valentine’s Day.
“I’d like to pass it out of committee next week and pass it on Valentine’s Day,” Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) said last week. Cullerton said that he believes the legislation has the necessary 30 votes to pass and move to the House.
State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) previously said she expected to move the bill shortly after lawmakers returned to Springfield on Feb. 5.
The Civil Rights Agenda executive director Anthony Martinez confirmed to ChicagoPride.com that SB 110 will be called before a Senate committee meeting Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Valentine’s Day might just be particularly poignant this year for same-sex couples in Illinois.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is hoping to see legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois approved by lawmakers in time for the Feb. 14 holiday.
Cullerton told the paper he is hopeful the state Senate will approve the bill next week — and is confident they have the 30 votes of support needed to do so. The bill would then need to advancing to the House of Representatives, which is considered to be more conservative. Gov. Pat Quinn has already vowed to sign the bill.
Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group Equality Illinois, told the Windy City Times that he sees Cullerton’s announcement as boding well for his and other advocates’ push for marriage equality in the land of Lincoln.
“I believe that the Senate president would not have announced a timeline on the bill if he did not think it had the votes to pass,” Cherkasov told the Windy City Times on Friday.
Today, the Illinois Legislature— both the House and the State Senate— shortly after being sworn in for the 98th General Assembly, will pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act for their respective chambers to legalize same-sex marriage. Last week’s lame duck session had a false start due to three pro-Marriage Equality Senators (2 Dems, 1 GOP) being absent.
It is expected to become law once it passes both houses and Gov. Pat Quinn (D) will sign it into law, making Illinois the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. It would be the 1st Midwestern state to legalize SSM via legislative means. Just to the west/northwest, Iowa had it legalized by the Iowa Supreme Court in 2009.
Wasting no time in the fight for equal marriage in Illinois, sponsoring lawmakers will re-introduce legislation that would legalize gay marriage Wednesday. That move comes on the same day that new lawmakers will be sworn in, the earliest possible time that sponsors could reintroduce the bill after it fell short last week.
The introduction of the bill comes after a rollercoaster week for equal marriage proponents. Sponsors had hoped to push the bill to a full vote in the final days of the General Assembly’s veto session. But an absence of three supportive Senators stalled the bill, and the clock ran out of the measure.
Sponsors Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Greg Harris have vowed to push the bill to vote as soon as they are able. LGBT leaders have stated that movement on the bill could come by early February.
Harris has predicted that marriage equality will become law in 2013.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The chief sponsors of legislation in that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois plan to reintroduce the bill Wednesday shortly after the start of the 98th General Assembly, according to one of its chief sponsors.
Sen. Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat and the bill’s chief sponsor in the Senate, said Tuesday the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, will be simultaneously introduced in both the House and the Senate shortly after newly-elected lawmakers are sworn in to the legislature.
The move comes as no surprise to advocates and opponents tracking the bill, as Steans and its chief sponsor in the House, Rep. Greg Harris, previously said they will reintroduce the bill almost immediately upon the start of the new General Assembly after time ran out on efforts to bring the bill up for full vote during the 97th General Assembly’s lame duck legislative session, ending Tuesday.
In addition, Steans hopes Illinois will become the tenth state to approve the recognition of gay and lesbian marriages.
Currently, nine states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriages. Three states — Washington, Maine and Maryland — approved same-sex marriage ballot measures in the November elections.