Supporters still waiting for same-sex marriage vote

Published 11/04 2013 04:23PM

Updated 11/04 2013 05:20PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Same-sex marriage supporters are ready and waiting for lawmakers to return to Springfield Tuesday. They say they can't wait any longer for marriage equality.

Lawmakers will finish up their fall session this week. One lawmaker is hinting at a vote on same-sex marriage.

Leaders in the LGBT community say they've been told to be in Springfield for the next three days because there could be a vote before the week is over. That has supporters fired up.

Couples say, every day they can't get married puts their futures more and more at risk. Some say it's tough to plan ahead, since right now, even with a civil union, partners don't have access to future benefits like Social Security.

One couple says they're worried if something happens to either one of them, and they're not married, there could be big problems.

Lawmakers on the other side of the issue say a marriage law isn't necessary since Illinois already allows civil unions. The Senate okayed the measure earlier this year. Now it's up to the House.

The bill's sponsor, Representative Greg Harris (D) posted online Monday he's on his way to "get it done." If it's approved, Illinois would be the 15th state to allow same-sex marriage.

Most of those states are primarily in the northeast or along the west coast. Massachusetts became the first state to legalize it ten years ago. Six states, including Illinois, allow civil unions.

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