Ill. coalition launches statewide campaign to build support for same-sex marriage


CHICAGO — Marriage equality supporters in Illinois are launching a $2 million statewide campaign aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage.

Illinois Unites for Marriage, a statewide coalition representing gay rights, civil rights and political groups, said Tuesday it will place 15 field organizers throughout the state to engage supporters.

They plan to target legislators who oppose a measure to lift Illinois’ ban on same-sex marriage.

The Illinois Senate passed the bill in February. It wasn’t called for a vote in the House because the bill’s sponsor said it didn’t have the votes to pass.

Jim Bennett, chairman of the coalition, said the next few months are critical because lawmakers could take up the bill in the fall.

Opponents say marriage should be between a man and woman.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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