GALESBURG, Ill. – Attorney General Lisa Madigan expressed disappointment Saturday that there weren’t enough votes in the House last month to legalize same-sex marriage but predicted gays and lesbians in Illinois eventually would get the same right to marry that straight couples have.
The three-term attorney general said the plan’s failure to even get called for a House vote came despite her commitment to the issue that involved spending “a lot of time” lobbying individual legislators on the merits of Senate Bill 10.
“I’ve been a supporter of gay marriage for probably 15 years at this point from the time I ran for the state Senate back in 1998. It was very disappointing that did not pass this time,” Madigan said when the Chicago Sun-Times asked her about her outlook for the initiative and what efforts she made to pass it.
“As you know it passed out of the Senate, but they never had enough votes to call it for a vote in the House. I’ve spent a lot of time lobbying a lot of members of the Legislature on that bill in addition to writing an op-ed and speaking out in favor of gay marriage as well as intervening in the two court challenges that are happening both at the federal level and here at the state level,” she said following commencement ceremonies at Knox College Saturday.
“It’s my expectation that one day, gay marriage will be legal here in the state of Illinois. Unfortunately, it is not sooner,” she said.