Madigan: Gay marriage 12 votes short in Illinois House

Madigan: Gay marriage 12 votes short in Illinois House

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SPRINGFIELD, IL - JANUARY 26: House Prosecutor David Ellis speaks during the impeachment trial for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich January 26, 2009 at the Illinois State Senate Chambers in Springfield, Illinois. Gov. Blagojevich refused to participate in the trial, and has instead chosen to make television appearances in New York City. (Photo by Whitney Curtis /Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** David Ellis

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Associated Press

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- House Speaker Michael Madigan says passing a gay marriage bill out of the Illinois House will be “very difficult.”

Madigan told reporters Wednesday that he backs the measure allowing same-sex couples to marry. The Senate approved it last month and it awaits a House floor vote. Lawmakers aren’t sure when they’ll call it.

Madigan says the House is 12 votes short.

The Chicago Democrat says he’s been contacted by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who opposes the idea of gay marriage.

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

Gov. Pat Quinn says he’ll sign the bill if it comes to his desk.

 

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