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Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Push Joined by Obama Issue Group

By Jeffrey Knipmeyer on March 27, 2013

The push for gay marriage is being joined by Organizing for Action (OFA) according to an announcement made March 19, 2013.  As reported by The Chicago Tribune, the organization, which is an offshoot of President Obama’s re-election campaign, has decided to become involved in Illinois state issues.

OFA has a broad base along with the skill and technology to network that base.  OFA says what the group hears from Illinois voters are that the same-sex marriage issue really matters to them.  That’s why they are adding their voices to the fight.  That’s what the organization’s national director of issue campaigns, Lindsay Siler, told supporters in an e-mail.

The Chicago Democrat who is sponsoring Illinois same-sex marriage legislation, Representative Greg Harris, believes that this effort by Organizing for Action will serve as a reminder that President Obama has changed his mind on the issue of marriage equality.  President Obama believes that the passage of the same-sex marriage bill is a further step toward treating all Americans equally under the law.  Harris understands that lawmakers are hearing from parishioners and ministers on both sides of the issue, but he is also aware that passage of the bill has always been known to be more difficult there than in the Senate.

Although the bill to make same-sex marriages legal has passed the Senate, it remains mired in the House.  The state Democratic chairman has said the bill is 12 votes shy of passing.  Passage requires 60 votes.

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