Illinois House committee to vote on gay marriage today

Illinois House committee to vote on gay marriage today

Marcos A. Chaljub, left, and Freddy L. Sambrano exchange vows at the Manhattan City Clerk's office on the first day New York State's Marriage Equality Act goes into effect, on Sunday, July 24, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Appleton, Pool)

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Associated Press

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 26 at 11:53 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois House committee could vote Tuesday on a measure allowing same-sex couples to marry.

Chicago Democratic Rep. Greg Harris says he expects the House Executive Committee to approve his legislation and send it to the full body.

The Senate approved the measure earlier this month with Democratic backing and a single Republican vote.

Advocates for giving same-sex couples the same marital rights as heterosexuals acknowledge there’s more resistance in the House than in the Senate. But they’re confident of House approval in the next two weeks.

But Harris says he has not decided when he would call a floor vote.

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

 

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