SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Supporters of
gay marriage are expected to try again today to move landmark same-sex marriage
legislation through the Senate.
The proposal would remove from state law a prohibition on marriage
between two people of the same sex. It was expected to be debated on the first
day of the Legislature's lame duck session Wednesday. But it hit a procedural
snag and didn't get a hearing.
Sen. Heather Steans, the Chicago Democrat who is sponsoring
the bill, says she has enough Senate votes for approval.
Cardinal Francis George of Chicago
denounced the idea as going against the "natural order" of
Other measures that might be considered Thursday are bans on
semiautomatic weapons and a bill to fix Illinois'
$96 billion pension crisis.