As the politicians in Illinois play a chess game with our lives around marriage equality they rarely think of the short term consequences. Many don't mind the delay and secretly hope that a Court will make the decision for them and let them off the hook. Others posture on the issue knowing that inevitably they will finally have to support the onward march toward freedom and vote for marriage equality.
To these game players in elective office this is a game with time and they are seeking the least path of resistance by constant delay.
However, for Steven Rynes and his partner Robert, the lack of courage in Springfield has had serious consequences.
The young couple wanted to get married in their home state of Illinois. While waiting for the State of Illinois to find their courage, Steven came down with stage three Melanoma in November, 2012. As the legislature delayed and delayed, Steven's health got worse and worse. He passed away on September 10, 2013 of this year.
If the legislature had passed marriage last Spring, Robert would have known the joy of getting married to the great love his life.
Each day politicians delay marriage equality they literally take away the dream, aspiration and rights of thousands of people around the country.