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Illinois marriage equality bill on Senate committee agenda Tuesday

Monday, February 4, 2013

CHICAGO — Legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois is expected to come up in a Senate committee meeting Tuesday and could see a floor vote on Valentine’s Day.

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That’s according to state Sen. Heather Steans.

The Chicago Democrat and bill sponsor says it’s on the executive committee’s agenda and she’s confident it has the support to pass the Senate next week.

Last week, Senate President John Cullerton said he’d like to approve gay marriage on Feb. 14. He says he believes the bill has the 30 votes needed to pass and move to the House.

Steans agrees. The legislation would grant same-sex couples rights available to heterosexual couples.

Advocates say the time is right because of momentum in other states and changing public opinion, even though some religious groups oppose the idea.

The hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST on Tuesday.

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4 more reader comments:

  1. I would be honored to be the Minister of your same-sex marriage. Reverend Steven Hall

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:34pm
  2. I can’t wait! I’m going to marry the first homosexual I come in contact with! :)

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:40pm
  3. can’t wait. changing my civil union to being married

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 8:06pm
  4. @Heriberto pick me, pick me.

    Posted on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 8:16pm