Marriage Supporters Win Major Victory In Illinois — Effort To Redefine Marriage Fails To Gather Support And Is Tabled Without A Vote


Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Jen Campbell (703-683-5004)

National Organization for Marriage

"This is a great victory for our allies and supporters, as well as Illinois families who have worked tirelessly with us to preserve marriage in Illinois." — Brian Brown

Washington, DC — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today celebrated the failure of legislation to come to a vote late this evening in Illinois seeking to redefine marriage, thus preserving marriage in the state as the union of one man and one woman. The bill's House sponsor, Rep. Greg Harris, announced this evening that he did not have the votes to pass the measure and would not bring the legislation to a vote. Assuming this is the case, the bill is thus dead until the fall when the Legislature reconvenes for a veto session.

"This effort to redefine marriage in Illinois was one of the most fiercely contested legislative battles in the country this year," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "This is a great victory for our allies and supporters, as well as Illinois families who have worked tirelessly with us to preserve marriage in Illinois. We are gratified that our collective hard work has paid off in this stunning victory."

Illinois is a heavily Democratic state and has been widely considered by the gay marriage lobby as virtually certain to redefine marriage. Backers of the legislation have frequently claimed, falsely, that they had the votes in hand to pass the legislation (SB 10). President Obama had urged his former colleagues to vote to redefine marriage, and it was a top priority of both Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn. It even was supported by a former Republican Chairman who was forced to resign from his post for advocating a position contrary to Republican principles.

"So much for the inevitability of gay marriage," said Brian Brown. "With a coalition that included strong support from the African American community as well as so many others throughout the state, we did what nobody in the intelligentsia thought was possible. This is a huge victory at a pivotal time, and totally undercuts the lie that somehow same-sex marriage is inevitable."

NOM spent well over $125,000 on grassroots activities to defeat the bill, but praised others in the coalition for securing the victory.

"Our thanks go out to champions such as the African American Clergy Coalition; Rev. James Meeks and Bishop Lance Davis; the Illinois Conference of Catholic Bishops and their director Bob Gilligan; the Illinois Family Institute and their director David Smith; the Illinois Family PAC and their director, Paul Caprio; and the Coalition of African American Pastors and their chairman, Rev. Bill Owens. Everyone pitched in everything they had to stop this ill-conceived legislation. We at NOM are honored to have been part of the coalition effort."

NOM also announced that it would form a state PAC to support Democrats and Republicans who supported marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and would oppose legislators, especially Republicans, who abandoned the true definition of marriage.

"We intend to continue to work with our coalition allies including Pastor Meeks, Bishop Davis and the other amazing leaders in the African American community who boldly stood for the truth about marriage," Brown said. "And those Republicans who betrayed principle will soon learn that their political careers are headed for the same dustbin that met former GOP Chair Pat Brady when he betrayed the cause of marriage."


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  1. Jo
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Permalink


  2. Jacqueline
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Well done, Illinois! Well done, Brian and NOM!! Well DONE, all!!!

  3. saa5of5
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 10:24 pm | Permalink


  4. Randy E King
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    Latest report out of Illinois has marriage corruption not coming to a vote this term.

    If SCOTUS resists the urge to legislate from the bench then the brave souls on the front line in the land of Lincoln will have our Constitution back in their corner this Fall aiding them in their defense of the 1st Amendment.

  5. Debbie
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    I live in Illinois, and I can hardly believe it! It's the only common sense thing I've seen happen here in years!
    I'm happy!

  6. GaboonViper67
    Posted May 31, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Permalink


  7. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Kudos to NOM and everyone involved!

  8. Posted June 1, 2013 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to all involved!


    "And those Republicans who betrayed principle"

    Oh yes. Morally corrupt politicians need to learn a lesson.

  9. twingirl2
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    Glad to hear it! Shout out to IIlinois from NC.

  10. LHF
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Excellent. Great work.

  11. jinkatta
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 7:37 am | Permalink


  12. Concerned
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Perhaps the word is finally getting around that those who vote against the wishes of the people are also guaranteed to lose their jobs in the next election. The majority of the people, do not want SSM. Legislators should not be the ones to vote on this AT ALL. The will of the people should be heard, first and foremost.

  13. P Edward Murray
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to everyone involved!
    Everyday I pray for the end of Abortion and Same Sex Marriage in America.

  14. Charlotte
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Great news! It's a lie that SSM is inevitable - I'm a millenial who used to support it, but no longer does. Keep up the good work and realize that you CAN change the opinion of the younger generation and stop the destruction of the family brought about by redefining marriage. If my mind can be changed, anyone's can. Don't ever give up. This fight will be a lot like the one against abortion. Pro-choicers thought it was inevitable that everyone would one day support abortion, and that laws supporting it would settle the issue. But we've seen over the last 40 years that the opposition never died down, and never will.

  15. LonesomeRhoades
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Thank you NOM! Groups like yours and the NRA continue to fight for American values!!!

  16. al
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone know what the infamous Rev. Wright's view is on this?

  17. Posted June 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    This was a nice win.

    SCOTUS has the ball now.

    Who knows?

    Perhaps they might actually slap the marriage corruption sharpies down as hard as they deserve.

    That would be great.

    If not, then we will simply become the latest in a long line of history lessons for future civilizations.

    Opposition to the radically insane notion of same-sex "marriage" will provide many great occasions for merit and virtue, since the same occasions will also involve great persecution.

    So be it ๐Ÿ™‚

    The Cross alway shines brightest when it is darkest in the world.

    Let's go.

  18. P Edward Murray
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink


    It might be beneficial if you could tell us why you used to support it and what changed your mind?:)

  19. Jane
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Congrats NOM and thank you Brian for all your hard work to make this happen. God's truth and the will of the people to uphold that truth has won the day. This is for the little children who will have the opportunity to be raised by both a mother and father

  20. leviticus
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Thank you NOM!! this shows the homosexual agenda will be defeated!!

  21. Christopher S. Mellons
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to the National Organization for Marriage and all the people in Illinois. You should all be proud that you stood up for decency and American values in this era of rebellion against God.

  22. Son of Adam
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Excellent news! Thanks, NOM!

  23. Donna from Cali
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Thank you NOM. This is why I continue to support your excellent organization. Thank you to the people of Illinois who fought to keep marriage between one man and one woman. Good work!

  24. Erick C
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Finally some good news, I am happy Illinois government will continue to recognize what True Marriage is, between a man and woman. Thank you NOM.

  25. Richard
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Will the NOB blog allow for posts that provide a difference of opinion or are we back to a total shutdown of opposing views?

  26. Forrest
    Posted June 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful news!! Usually Illinois is a cesspool of liberal, democratic immorality but at least this time their insidious intentions to destroy marriage were rebuffed.

  27. Zack
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    It would appear that Chicago politics aren't as widespread as we originally thought.

  28. Fedele Razio
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    @Charlotte: I'm so happy in reading your comment; I too see a parallel between the legalization of abortion and the cancellation of the legal recognition of marriage through changing the legal definition of it.
    It will be a long fight, but truth will win out.

  29. Don Quixote de la Mancha (pseudonym)
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Was it a sine die adjournment?

  30. Serge
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations from France. Great news!

  31. SC Guy
    Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    Great news from Illinois. It serves as a reality check on where America REALLY is on SSM. Most states aren't 'ready' for it by a long shot!

  32. Posted June 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Has anyone noticed how much better the commenting section is nowadays?

    Please keep it like this NOM!

    People who normalize homosexuality can go post elsewhere... they do nothing but clutter the comments with their deplorable views

    And congratulations once again

  33. Pro-family Aussie
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    Congrats from Australia!

    We're working to stop it here in Adelaide aswell! Lets hope all countries decide to follow Illinois and not the UK!

  34. Randy E King
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink


    Your posts are little more than disengenuous deflection.

  35. Richard
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    What posts Randy? NOM refuses to publish any of my posts that contradict the line of reasoning here. And, they have all been factual and not inflammatory. Alessandra, would you have the NOM site be nothing more that a cheering section for like-minded people? Where is the honest debate in that? Randy says I'm disengenuous. Doesn't that better describe this site these days?

  36. Lauren
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Thanks for what you are doing to protect traditional BIBLICAL marriage! I am disgusted to learn how the IRS took your tax returns, donor names, etc. and posted it publicly. This is criminal and I urge you to file a lawsuit against the IRS **AND** the Obama adminstration. It is my opinion that Obama and his administration was behind all these multiple scandals from the get go and the truth must come out. I don't agree with many of the left's believes and efforts, but America was founded on FREE SPEECH rights! For them to deny, interfere, etc. is CRIMINAL! Please go after them! Thank you.

  37. J
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    It's about time we see revival of the original values in this country, good job Illinois!

  38. Tom
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    It makes me sad to see such glee at the sorrow and pain of others.

  39. Monika
    Posted June 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Can anybody explain why no of my comments is published? No vulgar words, no hate, I'm merely telling the facts. Thank you.

  40. Richard
    Posted June 6, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Monika, this blog site is now shut down to any arguments in opposition to gay marriage. And, sadly, that includes the vast number of facts that NOM simply chooses to not only ignore but actually hide from an open, honest and respectful debate. This is what is truly disengenuous.

  41. Richard
    Posted June 6, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    Correction: in opposition to those who oppose gay marriage.

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