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Same-sex marriage in Illinois may get stuck on political calendar

Illinois Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, stands alone at his desk on the House floor as other lawmakers recessed for committee meetings during session at the Illinois State Capitol Friday, May 31, 2013, in Springfield, Ill. Illinois lawmakers scramble to finish up business in their spring session with votes to legalize gay marriage, pension reform, and gun legislation. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Rep. Greg Harris  |  File photo

Supporters of the same-sex marriage measure aren't sure if they have enough votes to pass the bill, but the legislation is also being stalled by the timing. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:

"SPRINGFIELD — The battle to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois will reignite soon in the Illinois House, but neither side of the issue is predicting the votes yet exist to pass it despite forward movement on a national level.

Both sides of the hot-button issue plan to send bus loads of followers to Springfield on successive days when the General Assembly’s six-day fall session opens Oct. 22. But for now, the push to make Illinois the 14th state to permit same-sex marriage may have the political calendar as its largest obstacle.

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), the measure’s chief House sponsor, said he has gained support since May, when he lacked the necessary 60 House votes to pass it and opted against seeking a roll call. But Harris wouldn’t divulge his current headcount or say when he will press for a vote.

“I’ve really not talked about schedules or roll calls in the past, but I think it needs to get done soon,” Harris said."

[Read the full story at the Chicago Sun-Times]

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