SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
McCarter withdrawing gay marriage repeal bill

Monday, Feb 24, 2014

* From Chicago Pride

Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter, a Republican, has ended an effort to repeal Illinois’ gay marriage law approved by lawmakers last year.

Following a federal judge’s ruling handed down Friday that there is no need for gay couples to wait for the law to take effect in June, McCarter announced that he was withdrawing his bill (SB 2637), which was scheduled for debate in the Illinois Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday.

That would’ve been an interesting Exec Committee hearing, to say the least.

* Sen. McCarter remains defiant, however. From his statement

“It was my intention when I submitted Senate Bill 2637 this year to repeal the law which redefined legal marriage within Illinois law because the people of Illinois were not given a realistic chance to weigh in on an issue of immense and radical cultural change,” said McCarter (R-Lebanon). “Given the level of influence and corruption we have witnessed by the well-connected and special interest groups in recent years, I am not convinced the will of the people was met by the original passage of Senate Bill 10.”

The order allowing same-sex individuals to marry was issued by Federal District Court Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman. According to the Chicago Tribune, Judge Coleman said, ‘There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been presented to this Court and committed gay and lesbian couples have already suffered from the denial of their fundamental right to marry.’

McCarter said while the ruling may be limited at this time to Cook County because the lawsuit was filed against the Cook County Clerk’s office to force him to issue marriage licenses, he expects similar suits will be filed against other county clerks throughout the state.

“The ruling is both disappointing and troubling,” said McCarter. “Obviously disappointing because of the radical change to our culture that the same-sex marriage law ushers in and the fact citizens in general were given no adequate voice in the decision-making. The troubling aspect of this is that the law passed last year contained protections for religious institutions from being forced to perform and solemnize ceremonies. I am concerned that those protections, as flimsy as I believe they were when the law was passed, won’t take effect until June 1, 2014. This puts our churches, wedding-related businesses and individuals at legal risk.”

Sen. McCarter said although the same-sex marriage law was passed by elected representatives, the people of Illinois were not given the opportunity through statewide public hearings to speak out for or against the redefinition of marriage.

“Legislative leaders have had no problem scheduling hearings around the state on other critical issues such as education funding and redrawing political boundaries for senators and representatives. Why didn’t they schedule hearings on redefining legal marriage to include same-sex couples?” said McCarter.

“Recently, nationally and now here in Illinois, we have seen example after example of the Executive and Judicial branches of government wielding supreme power over the will of the people or acting exclusively on their own without care to the will of the people,” said McCarter.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


20 Comments
  1. - Formerly Known As... - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 10:30 am:

    Now if only Sen. Hunter saw the light and withdrew her bill as well.

    “Illinois: We don’t care what you do in the bedroom, but we’re all up in your kitchen.”


  2. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 10:30 am:

    ===“Recently, nationally and now here in Illinois, we have seen example after example of the Executive and Judicial branches of government wielding supreme power over the will of the people or acting exclusively on their own without care to the will of the people,…===

    SB10 passed. Legislatively.

    Dope.


  3. - Westward - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 10:34 am:

    Just had a conversation with friends this weekend. I commented how the biggest issues confronting us are not being dealt with properly. Pension issues, infrastructure issues, tax issues. Getting lip service and no real action on those issues. My friend says, you know why? Because all the politicians are spending too much time on social issues.

    Bingo.


  4. - Robert the Bruce - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 10:36 am:

    ==SB10 passed. Legislatively.==

    Thanks a lot, Oswego Willy, I now need to get the coffee out of my keyboard.


  5. - Jim'e' - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 10:38 am:

    McCarter; get over it and lets move on with fixing the budget.


  6. - Wensicia - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 10:39 am:

    The will of ’some’ people doesn’t apply to an individual civil right, neither does religious belief.


  7. - Under Influenced... - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 10:42 am:

    “McCarter announced that he was withdrawing his bill (SB 2637), which was scheduled for debate in the Illinois Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday”

    Somebody caved. Doesn’t seem like leadership material to me.

    Defending the bill in committee is apparently asking too much of Radogno.


  8. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 10:43 am:

    Another Victim heard from.


  9. - VanillaMan - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 10:55 am:

    Sooner or later gay marriage would have happened. Here in Illinois - it was sooner than later.

    What? You weren’t ready?
    Sorry - game over.


  10. - Walker - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 11:07 am:

    McCarter links this to political “corruption” in Illinois.

    Come on! Get a life!


  11. - A guy... - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 11:27 am:

    Give him a litte (I mean a little!) for knowing to pull the bill.


  12. - Demoralized - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 11:56 am:

    I get so tired of this whining that the “people” didn’t have a voice. Bull. What the heck does he think the General Assembly is for? If he wants all of the issues to be taken to the voters for a referendum then he can go home and stop collecting his Senator salary because he obviously believes he isn’t needed. We elect people to represent us and to make decisions and if we don’t like the decisions they make we elect somebody else. Oh, and grow up Senator McCarter. Quit stomping your feet and realize the game is over. Move on already.


  13. - Anon. - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 12:43 pm:

    ==SB10 passed. Legislatively.

    Dope.==

    To be fair to the dope, the bill isn’t effective yet under Article IV, Section 10, of the Constitution, so the judge is asserting that the right to marry trumps that particular instance of the “will of the people.”


  14. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:19 pm:

    - Anon -, respectfully…

    “The time is always right to do what is right.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Cited in the ruling, very narrowly allowing Cook County…


  15. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:25 pm:

    Dear Senator Carter:

    You are correct, sir.

    The judicial branch is guided by the rule of law, not public opinion polls.

    We should all be thankful.


  16. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:25 pm:

    - Robert the Bruce -, apologies for the keyboard.

    If a legislator who voted against SSM, and that Bill gets out if both chambers, to be signed, yeah, the Legislative was “involved”.

    McCarter just keeps ensuring that Cullerton will keep him in that SGOP Caucus…


  17. - Joe Bidenopolous - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:38 pm:

    The words I’d use to describe the Senator are unprintable. The only “critical” aspect of this issue is ensuring fair treatment for all humans. If the Senator believes that re-imposing statutory discrimination is a critical issue, perhaps he should reevaluate his priorities.


  18. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:44 pm:

    Joe B, I suspect some members of his caucus advised him they didn’t need to make that vote again before November.

    I’m sure Cullerton would have called the bill for a vote in a heartbeat. As many times as he wanted.

    Plus, McCarter wasn’t raising money off it anyway. The only contribution over $1K he’s received this year is from Whacky Jack, according to ISBE.

    Time to move on to another reactionary idea that has no chance of passing to troll for money. My guess is it will involve urine tests for poor people.


  19. - Rich Miller - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:46 pm:

    ===I suspect some members of his caucus advised him ===

    Maybe higher up than that.


  20. - wordslinger - Monday, Feb 24, 14 @ 1:53 pm:

    –Maybe higher up than that.–

    Got you. Maybe someone who can write some checks, lol?


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* AFSCME: Rauner memo "riddled with misinformation"
* Question of the day
* Rauner vetoes no-strike bill
* Governor's office claims it's pledged no lockout, dropped pension demand
* Dusting off the playbook
* To fair or not to fair?
* *** UPDATED x1 *** This just in...
* Over-reading the tea leaves?
* Poor winners
* A very bad case of whiplash
* Motion, not movement
* Uh-oh
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Good morning!
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Video Ad Company Jun Group Raises $28M In Its First Venture Round
        * Did all the Moto G and Moto X leaks build the hype, or just ruin your surprise?
        * Hugo Barra: online smartphone sales are now “a thing” in developing markets
        * Will the 2015 Nexus really feature a 3D camera? Leak suggests so
        * Samsung will “adjust” Galaxy S6 price in an attempt to boost sales
        * Moto 360 (2015), Windows 10 roll-out & more – Pocketnow Daily
        * Blame carriers and their bloatware for significant delays to OS updates

        * Seven up: White Sox keep on rolling
        * Melky spearheads White Sox winning ways
        * Steverson pleased with offense's resurgence
        * White Sox 9, Red Sox 2: They're even scoring early for Jose Quintana
        * White Sox set sights on eight-game winning streak
        * Seven up: White Sox keep on rolling
        * Steverson pleased with offense's resurgence

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        July 2015
        June 2015
        May 2015
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * GOP leaders rally around Kirk after fundraiser's criticism
        * US court says drug-sniffing dog fails the smell test
        * Prosecutors re-indict former North Chicago chief
        * Chicago man cleared after 17 years in prison shot dead
        * Kirk's public comments, gaffes raise questions
        * No bond for man charged in fatal shooting of Chicago boy, 7
        * Owner of closed Chicago hospital sentenced in bribery scheme
        * Rauner vetoes legislation to ban strikes, worker lockouts
        * Baby left in car for 2 hours in Joliet improves
        * Boeing gives Kennedy Center $20 million for expansion

        * Court ruling helps some child care providers amid ongoing state budget impasse
        * Rauner, AFSCME reach another contract extension; governor vetoes bill to prohibit strike, lockout
        * Court ruling helps some child care providers
        * Private employers now can give hiring preference to veterans after Rauner signs law
        * Private employers now can give hiring preference to veterans
        * Illinois House votes to reject pay raise; Senate vote expected next week
        * Statewide tourism numbers up, although most Springfield historic sites see decline in visitors
        * Rauner signs bill broadening eligibility for food stamps
        * Statewide tourism numbers up, although most Springfield historic sites seeing decline in visitors
        * Illinois House approves legislation to block lawmaker pay raise

        * Exelon sees little hope of saving Quad Cities nuke
        * GOP congressmen object to ozone rule; Ruemmler's new gig; Indiana raiders at Wrigley
        * What happened to the 100s of jobs Huron Consulting promised?
        * What happened to the hundreds of jobs Huron Consulting promised?
        * CTA promises extra service for Lolla


          * 4 injured in shootings since Wednesday afternoon
          * SWAT team at Bronzeville standoff after sheriff's officers try to serve warrant
          * Plane crashes at Milwaukee's Timmerman Airport; 2 dead
          * Despite gaffes, it's Kirk or bust for Republicans
          * Cops: Puppy stolen at knifepoint on CTA Orange Line
          * Chicago's top cop recommends officer be fired over 2011 shooting
          * Expert unable to explain why police cameras missed fatal cop shooting
          * Police say church bus lacked fed registration
          * Judge rejects Emanuel request to delay pension ruling changes


          * Catherine Rampell: One job government does better
          * Tom Kiernan: Wind could power Illinois' economic future
          * George Will: With Iran deal, Obama makes bad history
          * Court ruling helps some child care providers amid ongoing state budget impasse
          * Rauner, AFSCME reach another contract extension; governor vetoes bill to prohibit strike, lockout
          * Private employers now can give hiring preference to veterans after Rauner signs law
          * Bill McGee: Massacres of black Americans nothing new
          * Ron Ellis: Advice for crafting Illinois' budget
          * Michael Gerson: Coronating a wounding queen?
          * Illinois House votes to reject pay raise; Senate vote expected next week


          * CC Fair Motorcycle Races 2015
          * Loda rejects sharing police officer with Buckley
          * Westville plans street repairs
          * Fairbury woman injured in DUI-related crash on I-74
          * UI roundup: Hambly's squad receives AVCA honor
          * Victim's family: 'There's no way to act but cry'
          * Sports Talk 07-29-15
          * PODCAST: Melany Jackson, C-U at Home 07-29-15
          * UI's Nugent up for congressional honor
          * Uken on DWS: southern Champaign County crops doing better than northern ones


          * Southbound lanes re-open on I-294 near Hinsdale
          * Power restored to Lombard residents Wednesday night
          * Semi fire closes two lanes, ramp on I-294 near Hinsdale
          * Elk Grove elk play role of 'Mayhem' in Allstate radio ads
          * Mt. Prospect, Huntley receive federal grants to hire firefighters

          * House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
          * Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
          * The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
          * Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
          * Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
          * CBD Oil, and politics
          * Simon considering state Senate bid
          * Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
          * Shutdown? State may not notice
          * Rep. Bob Dold

          * Durbin targets for-profit colleges that ex......

          * GOP leaders rally around Kirk after fundra......
          * GOP leaders rally around Kirk after fundra......

          * Group Plans Red Light Camera Protest Thursday At Daley Plaza
          * The Beachwood Radio Hour #63A: We Are Living In The Golden Age Of Rock 'N' Roll
          * Exclusive: Trump Puts Lion Killer On VP Short List
          * “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
          * What will ’16 election cycle turn into for GOP efforts to alter Illinois?
          * New Residential Development Proposed For West Belle Plaine
          * Lowell's Last Call On Friday
          * From Condemned Storefronts To Penthouse Rentals: 4421 North Clark Goes On The Market
          * Poll: Duckworth Leads Kirk In General Election
          * Fitch Downgrades' CPS Credit To Junk


          * Governor Takes Bill Action
          * Governor Rauner Signs Veteran Preference Bill
          * Governor's Office Statement on Passage of HB 576
          * Time Running Out to Stop Legislator Pay Raise
          * Governor Announces Appointments




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller