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Illinois lawmakers hope to OK gay marriage in January

BY JOHN O'CONNOR, AP POLITICAL WRITER

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Two Illinois lawmakers said Thursday they will seek legislative approval of gay marriage when the General Assembly reconvenes in three weeks, answering Gov. Pat Quinn's hope that he could sign same-sex marital rights into law as early as January.

Rep. Greg Harris and Sen. Heather Steans, both Chicago Democrats, declined to say the status of roll-call votes in each chamber during a conference call with reporters. But Steans said "we're in striking distance of being able to get it done."

Harris and Steans, who both played major roles in bringing civil unions for domestic partners to Illinois just 18 months ago, said support for gay marriage has been rapidly gaining speed. President Barack Obama spoke in favor of it earlier this year. Voters in four states either endorsed gay marriage or repudiated bans on it in the November election.

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I am not surprised anymore that the gay-lesbian fight is gaining support from many people because they really deserve anyway.

I agree with you Salls. Well, my felicitations to the members of the third sex for this crushing support from the many including the judiciary. Cheers!

I'm definitely agreed with you, Salls and Saladino. I'm so happy for their success. They really deserve to have their victory after that exhausting battle.

I guess I'm the only one left here to be against with same sex marriage. Well I wish them luck, may they find the true way of happiness.

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