Activists push same-sex marriage before May 31 adjournment

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Same-sex marriage may be called to a vote this week. The push by gay rights activists comes with just a few days left in the legislative session.

Proponents had hoped to see Illinois become the first state in the Midwest to make gay marriage law; however, Minnesota and two other states have beaten Illinois to the punch.

Proponents had hoped to see Illinois become the first state in the Midwest to make gay marriage law this year. But they have watched Minnesota and two other states surpass Illinois.

The state's Senate endorsed the measure in February. It has remained unclear whether supporters have the 60 votes needed to pass the bill in the House.

Lobbying in the meantime has taken a fierce tone with advocates spreading letters from supportive business executives and opponents speaking out from the pulpit.

The legislature is scheduled to adjourn May 31.

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