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
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.