Two Illinois lawmakers say they're ``within striking distance'' of getting legislative approval for gay marriage and hope to send a bill to Gov. Pat Quinn shortly after the new year.
Rep. Greg Harris and Sen. Heather Steans say they'll call for a vote on a gay marriage bill when the Legislature reconvenes in January. Danielle Cook is one half of a Bloomington Normal couple involved in an ACLU suit seeking to overturn a state ban on gay marriage. Cook spoke with WGLT in June saying the cultural difference between marriage and civil union is huge.
"I have seven brothers and sisters and all who are married to their partners and that's what I want for myself. I just want to be married like everybody else."
Danielle and her partner Suzie Hutton have been in a committed relationship for more than a decade. Lawmakers pushing the change say public opinion favoring equal rights for same-sex partners is moving rapidly. The fact that four states voted in favor of the issue or opposed a ban on it in November helps. Harris and Steans say a gay marriage law wouldn't interfere with religious beliefs or force places of worship to recognize same-sex marriages.
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