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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 09:20 AM

Illinois gay marriage supporters look to next session

Source: AP


State legislators are delaying a vote to legalize gay marriage until the new session
BY JOHN O'CONNOR AND SARA BURNETT, ASSOCIATED PRESS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) ó Marriage-equality supporters are looking to the new legislative session as their next best hope for Illinois to legalize same-sex marriage.

Supporters had hoped lawmakers would act before the lame-duck session ends Jan. 9.

A Senate committee voted in favor of a measure to allow gay marriage Thursday. But Senate Democrats delayed a floor vote because three supporters needed for passage were absent.

Sen. Heather Steans (STAYNZ), the billís sponsor, said a full Senate vote is possible Tuesday. But Senate President John Cullerton said it might be a few weeks.

Opponents, including a group of religious leaders, say the bill is an attack on their religious beliefs.

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Read more: http://www.salon.com/2013/01/04/gay_marriage_supporters_look_to_next_session/

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