Illinois lawmakers advance same-sex marriage measure
(MCT) — SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gay couples would be allowed to marry in Illinois under legislation that cleared a first hurdle Tuesday, setting up a key state Senate vote supporters say they want on or before Valentine’s Day.
Despite that optimism, the fate of same-sex marriage legislation is unclear. Proponents note there are more Democrats in the newly inaugurated General Assembly and say prospects for passage are improved over the unsuccessful effort in last month’s lame-duck session. But questions remain about whether there will be enough support, particularly in the House.
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