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House Committee OKs Gay Marriage Bill

House Executive Committee voted 6-5 late Tuesday

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House Committee OKs Gay Marriage Bill

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Ill. Senate Advances Gay Marriage Bill

If it passes the Illinois House, Illinois would become the 10th state in the union to legalize same-sex marriage. Mary Ann Ahern reports.
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A House committee has endorsed allowing Illinois gay and lesbian couples to marry.

The House Executive Committee voted 6-5 late Tuesday to move a measure -- SB10 -- lifting the state's ban on same-sex marriage to the floor.

Chicago Democratic Rep. Greg Harris says his bill is a matter of treating gay and heterosexual couples equally under the law.

Advocates say the bill would help eliminate discrimination against children of homosexual couples.

But opponents say this measure steps on people's religious freedoms. They argue lawmakers don't have the right to redefine marriage.

The bill received Senate approval on Valentine's Day with Democratic support and a single Republican vote.

A House OK would send the matter to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. He says he'll sign it. 

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