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May 31, 2013 4:35 AM Subscribe
Today is the last day in session for the Illinois House before the summer break, and LGBT advocates are hoping that when they convene at 10:30am, they will address and vote on SB10
, legislation already passed by the state Senate to enact marriage equality in the state of Illinois.
A press conference
was held yesterday afternoon, urging House Speaker Michael Madigan to call for a vote.
Opponents of the gay-marriage bill
are mounting a similar effort to defeat it, , while sides have been focusing heavily on the African-American community.
President Obama, while in Chicago on Wednesday
to raise money for House Democrats, stated, "“Here in Illinois, we’ve got a vote on same-sex marriage that’s going to be coming up in the Legislature,” Obama told donors at his second fund-raiser of the night. “ I just want to say for the record it’s something that I deeply support.”
Chicago Tribune Editorial: Stand up for marriage equality
Illinois Unites for Marriage coalition partners
The Illinois Family institute claims
that if the bill passes, it will be because of "bribes and payoffs being offered to key lawmakers"
SB10 was passed by the state Senate on Valentine's Day,
, when many believed that Illinois would become the 10th state with marriage equality. Today, if the bill passes, and is signed by Governor Pat Quinn,
it will be state #13, along with the District of Columbia.
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