The Illinois state legislature approved same-sex civil unions two years ago, giving gay couples some of the same rights as straight couples, like medical and end of life decisions. But State Representative Greg Harris says same-sex couples should be allowed to marry each other, putting gay couples on the same legal level as married straight couples. He says he's close to having the votes needed to approve gay marriage in the state before the session ends on January 9th. Meantime, Republican State Senator Kirk Dillard says gay marriage should be a question for the ballot:
"These are massive societal questions that ought to be put before a full vote of the people of Illinois."
Dillard voted against civil unions, and says he'll also vote against gay marriage if it comes up.
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