Chapa LaVia gets same-sex marriage pressure

Chapa LaVia gets same-sex marriage pressure

Posted by Mike Riopell on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 11:18

Whether same-sex marriage is approved in Illinois is coming down to a handful of votes, so a lawmaker who hasn't picked a side yet might get extra attention from all angles.

State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat, is one of them. She told us she wants to know for sure how her constituents feel.

So far, she says, they are "really evenly split." Her district includes much of Aurora and North Aurora.

"I'm still getting information from the district and citizens," Chapa LaVia said.

Some of that information came via demonstrators on both sides of the issue at her office this weekend. Here are videos from both sides, first posted at Capitol Fax.

This year marks Chapa LaVia's 10th in the Illinois House, so she's become a fixture in suburban politics.

At the Democratic National Convention this summer, Chapa LaVia was the Illinois delegation's whip - the person in charge of getting people where they needed to be and generally keeping things in order.

Supporting same-sex marriage is part of the Democratic Party platform adopted at that convention, so we asked Chapa LaVia if that swayed her.

"I don't always vote with my party," she said. "We're not all cookie-cutter, thank God."

The Illinois Senate approved same-sex marriage two months ago. The Illinois House hasn't followed suit as supporters continue to look for votes.

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