Illinois Senate President wants gay-marriage vote on Feb. 14

Illinois Senate President wants gay-marriage vote on Feb. 14

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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 26: Illinois Senate president John Cullerton greets the members of the state senate on the opening day of the impeachment trial of Governor Rod Blagojevich at the state capitol in Springfield, Illinois, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009. The proceeding that may end with the two- term Democrat removed from office for alleged abuse his power. (Photo by Mark Cowan/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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Posted on February 1, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 1 at 1:46 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he wants to pass same-sex marriage legislation on Valentine's Day.

Cullerton tells the Chicago Sun-Times that he'd like the state Senate to pass the measure out of committee next week and vote to approve it on Feb. 14.

Cullerton says he believes the bill has the 30 votes needed to pass and move to the Illinois House.

Advocates have been pushing for legislation that offers same-sex couples marriage rights currently only available to heterosexual couples. They'd hoped to capitalize on momentum from other states and President Barack Obama's support.

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