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Thu Jan 3, 2013, 12:37 AM

Illinois same-sex marriage bill could get vote this week

Democratic state Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago said Monday that her goal is to introduce the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act to legalize same-sex marriage this week. The Senate will be in session Wednesday through Friday, then the House will be in session Sunday through Tuesday.

"Things are always fluid," Steans said. "My goal is to call it this week for the Senate so it could then be heard in the House next week."

A new set of lawmakers will be sworn in Jan. 9.

Just months ago, it seemed far-fetched that the politicians and activists who for years have maneuvered toward the legalization of same-sex marriage would be confident enough to bring up such a bill.



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