Former president supports same-sex marriage

Published 05/21 2013 05:15PM

Updated 05/21 2013 06:37PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Former President Bill Clinton is getting in on the same-sex marriage debate in Illinois. He thinks it should be legalized.

Clinton says Illinois should be the next in line to allow same-sex marriage. Delaware and Minnesota both legalized it recently.

Lawmakers are working to get it passed, but the sponsor has been shy a few votes so it hasn't been called up for a vote. Clinton says everyone needs to be treated equally under the law.

Governor Pat Quinn says he couldn't agree more. He's also urging the General Assembly to legalize same-sex marriage. He says the state has a chance to make history.

Opponents hope same-sex marriage doesn't become legal in Illinois. They say marriage should remain between a man and woman. Others argue civil unions should be enough.

Some experts say Clinton's support may make a difference and help encourage the House to pass the Marriage Equality Bill. It already passed the Senate in February.

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