One day after lawmakers voted to legalize gay marriage in Illinois, a push has begun to move up the effective date from June 1 of next year. State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) amended a bill late Tuesday pushing up the effective date from June 1 to –sometime sooner than June 1. There’s no hard date in the bill, meaning everything would be dependent on if or when the bill passed both chambers and was signed into law by the governor.
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“I don’t know if there is an appetite to do so, but it seems silly at this point to be delaying people’s marriage plans based on our legislative calendar,” said Harmon. State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), chief sponsor of the marriage equality act in the House, didn’t immediately jump to support the bill saying he wants to evaluate the legislation first.