State Sen. Kyle McCarter introduced legislation Tuesday that would repeal the marriage equality bill signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn in November. The bill does not go into effect until June 1.
”Well, it looks like it's an election year,” said Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda in a statement in response to the senator's proposal. “Even though most Republican leaders in Illinois have stated it is time to move past the marriage debate, Senator McCarter introduced a bill that would harm thousands of families and couples across Illinois. The Senator also knows full well that this bill does not have the support to pass, especially in the Senate. Why would the Senator waste time and resources to rehash a debate where the outcome that has been decided is supported by the majority of our state?"
The bill's chief sponsor in the senate agrees that the move is nothing more than a political ploy that McCarter knows has no legs.
“[McCarter] knows it’s not going to go anywhere,” State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) told Buzzfeed of McCarter's bill, SB2637. “He’s just doing this to show his constituents.”