Gay Marriage To Be Pushed as Amendment to Car Rental Bill


Not only is gay marriage being pushed during the lame duck session, it is being pushed as an amendment to a totally unrelated bill:

Illinois Senators may be voting on marriage equality as early as this morning, after backers of bill changed course and tacked marriage equality onto another bill already scheduled for vote.Illinois Senators will no longer be voting on the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, a bill that LGBT leaders had been working for months to gain support on. Instead, the legalization of gay marriage had been added as a Senate amendment to HB4963, a bill that deals with automobile rentals and the Collateral Recovery Act, according to Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov.

The move comes after Senate Democrats failed to secure enough votes to waive a 24-hour rule on the posting of the bill Wednesday night. That could have delayed a vote on marriage a day or more.

The amendment will allow the Senate to vote on the bill as early as 11 a.m. this morning.

"Everything can change at a moment's notice," said Cherkasov. "It's still absolutely crucial that people contact their lawmakers." (Windy City Media Group)

Indeed, please contact your lawmakers right away!


  1. M. jones
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    The US Supreme Court will fix all of this SSM nonsense, come June.. Marriage will be reserved for opposite-sex couples, what is right in nature, and what the Lord intended.

  2. Steve
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    I'm not sure where you're getting your information but you have a fundamental misunderstanding of the marriage cases that will be taken up by SCOTUS this session if you think that they could result in SCOTUS overturning same-sex marriage in states where it's been passed by the people, the legislature, or where it's been instituted based on a state Supreme Court's ruling of the state's constitution....

  3. Posted January 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Here's the official link to Senate Amendment 02 of this Bill in illinois. A car rental bill changed to change the definition of marriage in illinois (!) - if this can happen through a simple Bill amendment, then ANYTHING can happen. And the Bill is still named the same way:

  4. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    1. contemptibly low, mean, or disreputable: sleazy politics.
    2. squalid; sordid; filthy; dilapidated: a sleazy hotel.