Ill. gay marriage debate heats up
Wednesday evening update:
SPRINGFIELD – A measure legalizing gay marriage hit a snag Wednesday night but supporters hope to seek committee approval Thursday.
Democratic Sen. Heather Steans couldn't get support to bypass a Senate rule that would have let her attach the marriage-equality language to existing legislation. Steans was aiming for a Senate Executive Committee vote Wednesday.
A spokeswoman says Senate Democrats now are looking for another bill to use for the gay marriage measure and hope to move it through the committee Thursday.
Illinois would be the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Steans says she has enough support to pass the landmark proposal in the Senate.
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