* Windy City Times…
A group of Illinois legislators has started meeting with local LGBT groups to strategize on making marriage equality a reality in Illinois.
State representatives Greg Harris, Deb Mell, Ann Williams, Kelly Cassidy, Sara Feigenholtz and Senator Heather Steans are in talks with Illinois organizations about introducing a bill that would allow same-sex partners to marry in Illinois.
According to Harris, the bill will not likely be introduced until at least 2013. Harris believes the fight will be difficult, especially as anti-gay political candidates work to bolster support for upcoming presidential elections.
“I do not delude myself into thinking this will be an easy process,” Harris said. “But we need to take the first step.”
It might take several more years to pass that bill once it’s introduced. Keep in mind that Illinois passed an anti-discrimination bill for gays almost exactly seven years ago after many, many years of work. Organizers started laying the groundwork almost immediately for gay marriage, but it took another six years before the General Assembly passed a civil unions bill. Gay marriage could take a while longer. Then again, maybe it won’t take as long. There really hasn’t been much of a sustained blowback on the civil unions bill. So, we’ll see.