* David Ormsby…
State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), the measure’s chief House sponsor, strongly hinted on Wednesday night that he plans to call the bill for a vote during the last week of the fall veto session which begins on Tuesday, November 5.
“I think my colleagues should be prepared next week to make history on marriage equality,” Harris told The Illinois Observer during his fall fundraiser in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.
“I spent the day making calls on marriage,” Harris said. “I’m very happy.”
Another Democratic lawmaker contacted by The Illinois Observer echoed Harris.
“Greg says he’s calling the bill next week and that’s he got the votes,” said the legislator. “I don’t know who he has flipped.” […]
“I understand the Speaker has renewed interest in the marriage bill,” a top Democratic lawmaker told The Illinois Observer.
That last sentence is probably the most important one.
* The AP also sees momentum building…
One legislator who firmed up his support is Rep. Al Riley, an Olympia Fields Democrat who’s been hesitant to discuss his position publicly. He told The Associated Press he’s now a “yes.”
“I’m not in the business of discriminating against people,” he said. The road to “good public policy is that you don’t talk about it all the damn time.”
Riley was always leaning hard in that direction, but it is important for supporters to come out and say so.
* The other side…
Bishop Larry Trotter of Sweet Holy Spirit Church and his coalition of African American pastors around the Chicago area have spoken out against same-sex marriage with aggressive robocall and radio ads. He said the group, which argues marriage should remain between a man and a woman, has started lining up challengers, though he declined to name any. Candidates who want to run for office face an early December petition deadline.
“We have some very serious candidates who are going to run in several of these districts,” Trotter said. “They can’t come to church with our support and then go and vote (against our interests) in Springfield.”