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?