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Illinois Lawmakers Hope For Gay Marriage OK In January

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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel listed marriage equality third -- behind pension reform and a Chicago casino -- in his list of priorities he'd like to see Springfield tackle in the upcoming legislative session. (Published Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012)

    Two Illinois lawmakers say they're "within striking distance" of getting legislative approval for gay marriage and hope to send a bill to Gov. Pat Quinn shortly after the new year.

    Rep. Greg Harris and Sen. Heather Steans say they'll call for a vote on a gay marriage bill when the Legislature reconvenes in January.

    Emanuel on Gay Marriage: "The Time is Now"

    [CHI] Emanuel on Gay Marriage: "The Time is Now"
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel listed marriage equality third -- behind pension reform and a Chicago casino -- in his list of priorities he'd like to see Springfield tackle in the upcoming legislative session. (Published Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012)

    The Chicago Democrats say public opinion favoring equal rights for same-sex partners is moving rapidly. The fact that four states voted in favor of the issue or opposed a ban on it in November helps.

    Harris successfully brought civil unions to Illinois in June 2011. He and Steans say a gay marriage law wouldn't interfere with religious beliefs or force places of worship to recognize same-sex marriages.
     

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    Cook County Clerk David Orr said he believes his position will be on the right side of history. (Published Thursday, Jun 14, 2012)