CHICAGO - Governor Quinn not only takes credit for getting civil unions passed in 2010, a Chicago gay community source, OnTop.com says he committed to getting same sex marriage passed in Illinois during an interview with WBEZ Radio's Steve Edwards last week.
“Well, I was the one who got civil unions passed. Because the sponsor of the bill in the House – this was about a year or so ago – came to me, had 57 votes. And there were 4 people, he had to get 3 of the 4 to vote yes in the House. … I talked to all 4 of those members, they all voted yes and the bill passed.”
“You know in a Democracy, you got to build a majority. So any development off of civil unions – we have 3,700 civil unions that have been performed so far in Illinois in 90 of our 102 counties. You know, it's a democracy and you have to build majorities.”
When pressed by Edwards, Quinn said that he looks “forward to working with the advocates on this issue to build a majority.”
“You gotta work with members from all parts of Illinois, every part of our state, some parts are more liberal than others, and ultimately we'll get to Heaven.”