Momentum builds for Ill. marriage vote as another lawmaker vows support

Jehan Gordon-Booth LGBTQ Nation

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Suspense is building for a possible vote on legislation that could make Illinois the next state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Jehan Gordon-Booth

Jehan Gordon-Booth

Another lawmaker on the fence expressed support in a newspaper opinion piece Tuesday. Democratic state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth says she believes it’s a matter of equality.

Lawmakers return to Springfield on Tuesday.

Advocates say that momentum is building for a same-sex marriage vote, particularly with lobbying by House Speaker Michael Madigan.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Chicago Democrat spoke with at least two undecided Democrats on the issue: state Reps. Thaddeus Jones and John D’Amico.

A bill allowing gay marriage passed the Senate, but wasn’t called for a House vote earlier in the year. The House sponsor said he didn’t have the votes then.

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