Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign landmark legislation allowing gay couples to marry at a ceremony later this month. Quinn says it will take some time to plan a bill-signing event that is expected to draw a large crowd. The governor says he wants to acknowledge all the people who have worked to steer the legislation to passage. Quinn says the time and place of the bill signing will be announced soon.
Meanwhile, others are reacting to Tuesday's vote. A Republican candidate for governor… and a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage… says it’s now time to move on and focus on the pressing financial issue facing the state. Kirk Dillard was front and center at last month’s Statehouse rally opposing passage of gay marriage, but the bill was approved Tuesday. Appearing on 970 WMAY’s “Jim Leach Show,” Dillard said only time will tell whether he and other opponents are on the right or wrong side of history. But he says now the legislature needs to turn its attention back to pension, balancing the state budget, and job creation.
And one of the loudest critics of gay marriage is silent, for now. There’s been no reaction yet from Springfield’s Catholic bishop to the passage of a same-sex marriage law by the Illinois General Assembly. A spokesperson says Bishop Thomas John Paprocki is in Rome for meetings, and will most likely issue a statement when Governor Pat Quinn signs the legislation later this month. Chicago Cardinal Francis George says the measure is “bad legislation” that will, quote, “change the nature of our society over a period of time.”