Story by Yasmin Nair, courtesy of the Windy City Times
Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment SC0016, which would have amended the Illinois constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman and thus effectively barred same-sex marriage in the state, has been declared dead by LGBT activists.
Rick Garcia is a long-time activist and a former member of Equality Illinois; he had been following the progress of the amendment, which was first introduced on February 10, 2011 by Senator William R. Haine. Speaking to Windy City Times a few hours after the amendment was moved, he said, with evident delight, "Subcommittees are where you put bills to die. And there are no members appointed to the subcommittee on constitutional amendments. The bill went to committee and it was quickly dispatched as it should have been."
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