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Gay Marriage A Step Closer In Illinois

Posted by wlpo on February 27, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A House committee has endorsed allowing Illinois gay and lesbian couples to marry.

The House Executive Committee voted 6-5 last night to move a measure lifting the state’s ban on same-sex marriage to the floor. 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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