Illinois lawmakers hope to OK gay marriage in Jan.
SPRINGFIELD – Two Illinois lawmakers said Thursday they will seek to legalize gay marriage when the General Assembly reconvenes early next year – a push that comes just 18 months after the state started allowing civil unions for same-sex couples.
Rep. Greg Harris and Sen. Heather Steans, both Chicago Democrats, declined to detail the status of roll-call votes in each chamber during a conference call with reporters. But Harris previously has said he wouldn’t bring a bill to the floor without assurances that there are enough votes to pass it.
“We’re in striking distance of being able to get it done,” Steans said.
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