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Illinois House committee schedules hearing on same-sex marriage bill

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois House Executive Committee has scheduled a hearing for next Tuesday to consider the marriage equality bill approved last week by the state Senate.

The measure needs six votes among the 11-member committee before it can advance to the full House; the Executive Committee is comprised of seven Democrats and four Republicans.

Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), the bill’s sponsor in the House, said last week “the prospects are very good” that the measure will pass in the Democratic-controlled House.

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn said last Thursday that Illinois is “one step closer” to marriage equality, calling the measure “historic legislation.”

Quinn has pledged to sign the measure if it reaches his desk, which would make Illinois the 10th state in the nation and to allow same-sex marriage.

The results of a Crain’s/Ipsos Illinois Poll released earlier this week found that 50 percent of the state’s adult residents support the same-sex marriage bill.

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