CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he
hopes a bill allowing gay marriage in Illinois
moves through the General Assembly next month.
Lawmakers gather Jan. 2 for what promises
to be a busy lame duck session that includes considering a bill allowing
illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses and a pension overhaul. New
lawmakers are sworn in Jan. 9.
Earlier this year, legislators filed the
"Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act." It eliminates the part
of state law that explicitly prohibits gay marriages and would offer same-sex
couples the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples.
Quinn said Monday that lawmakers should
study the issue carefully. He signed a bill last year legalizing civil unions,
but 25 gay couples are suing over the state's gay-marriage ban.