WJBD Radio

Images

Now Playing

Local News

WJBD - Local News - Illinois Lawmakers Hope for Gay Marriage OK in January

Illinois Lawmakers Hope for Gay Marriage OK in January

By The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - 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.  

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. 

See other LocalNews news:

Salem Woman Wins Second 4H Showmanship Award
Marion County Fair Queen Pageant Preview
Movement of Residents From Murray Center Remains on Hold, Despite Court Ruling
Youth May Be Charged for Throwing Cup at Police Car
Salem Police Resolve Bradley's Burglar




This Site logo