Rich Miller, author of the Capitol Fax blog covering Illinois politics, writes for the Chicago Sun-Times that Illinois Republicans want gay marriage passed as soon as possible. But not because they favor gay marriage.
The reason so many Republicans would like to see the bill passed is because they know that with the huge, new Democratic majorities in both legislative chambers, that it’s eventually going to pass anyway. They want to get this issue out of the way and behind them as soon as possible. The issue is trending hard against the GOP’s historical opposition, and they want the thing off the table before it starts to hurt them.