CHICAGO (CBS) — Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage plan separate rallies in Springfield next week, when lawmakers return for their fall veto session; although it’s still unclear if the House will even take up the hot-button issue.
WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports proposed legislation to legalize same-sex marriages in Illinois passed the Senate in February, but has stalled in the House while Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), the chief House sponsor, tries to round up enough votes to send the measure to the governor, who has pledged to sign it.
From the beginning, Harris has said he will not call the measure for a vote in the House until he has the votes to pass it, though he’s clear that he thinks most Illinois residents support it.
“I think when I put it up on the board, the votes will be there,” Harris said. “This is clearly what the people of Illinois want. We’ve seen poll after poll that the majority of Illinoisans support this.”