Landmark Supreme Court ruling still controversial

Published 06/26 2013 04:35PM

Updated 06/26 2013 05:25PM

SPRINGFIELD -- It's being called a landmark decision for civil liberties. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling states legally-married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as men and women in traditional marriages do. WCIA-3's Alexandrea Davis has more from the Rally for Marriage Equality.

The consensus from this crowd and many in the gay community is that same-sex marriage has a better chance than ever of becoming law in Illinois. The future is looking brighter for Michael Coleman.

"Today I can honestly say it was a victory for the LGBTQ community."

Coleman has been openly gay for nearly 20-years. He says he never once thought he would have the opportunity to marry. But, now that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, he thinks the ban on same-sex marriage could soon be lifted in Illinois.

"I believe that Illinois will, in fact, legalize same-sex marriage."

Earlier this year, the Illinois House did not call a same-sex marriage bill for a vote. The delay disappointed many in the gay community, including Scott Cross who organized the Rally for Marriage Equality.

"It was hard that the vote was postponed. I would say this is one of the best things that could happen."

Governor Pat Quinn issued a statement favoring the DOMA ruling. He says he will continue working to bring marriage equality to Illinois.

Quinn's latest campaign rival, Senator Bill Brady (R) is a social conservative who says, if elected governor, he would protect the sanctity of traditional marriage.

"Marriage should be an institution between a man and a woman. We have civil unions and that's the law of the land. The bill that has passed the senate, though, and gone onto the house, I think is flawed in various constitutional ways."

There is potential for the same-sex marriage bill to be called for a vote during fall veto session, however, it's not known if that will happen.

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