Is this what the people want for Illinois?

April 22, 2013 

On March 13, the Illinois Speaker of the House, said the House was 12 votes shy of the 60 needed to pass same-sex marriage. On April 9, Gov. Pat Quinn says they are very close to the votes needed to pass it. So what has changed in a month's time?

Because those who support gay marriage are within striking distance, they are doing everything they can to achieve their goal.

They are trying to sway public opinion:

* They have enlisted big-name allies, e.g., Hillary Clinton, Clint Eastwood, and Sens. Rob Portman, Tim Johnson and Mark Kirk, etc.

Many people in the media support same-sex marriage. Several articles on the subject have a liberal bent, especially those coming out of the Associated Press.

*They are putting pressure on legislators. Ed Sullivan, R-Mundelein, said he now will vote for same-sex marriage. He had been in the "likely no" category.

* A staffer at the Capitol said this about a representative: "As far as I know he's firm (planning to vote against gay marriage), but I don't know, there's a whole lot of pressure on him"

Those of us who support natural marriage need to call our representatives. Again.

Quinn says he's confident same-sex marriage will become law in Illinois. Will we, the people, allow it?

Lauretta Marigny

O'Fallon

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