SCOTUS ruling could turn page in Illinois fight

Published 06/26 2013 09:27PM

Updated 06/27 2013 11:35AM

SPRINGFIELD -- Advocates for same-sex marriage in Illinois say Wednesday's rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court could advance the cause in Illinois. During the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly, the state senate passed a same-sex marriage bill.  But the state house left town without voting for a bill, despite an outcry by advocates.

The Supreme Court ruled part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The court also decided not to rule on a case involving California's Proposal 8.

Longtime Illinois advocate Buff Carmichael said Wednesday's victory was more minor in Illinois. But he says it may kick the state house into action.

"We're going to see people saying, 'Okay, the people in Iowa have this, and they have federal rights now, as well as state rights, and it's nobody's decision except the state legislature,'" Carmichael said. "Why don't we have this?"

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