Debate on gay marriage legislation begins

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- House floor debate has started on a measure that could make Illinois the next state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Lawmakers returned to Springfield Tuesday.

  

Advocates say that momentum has been building, particularly with lobbying by House Speaker Michael Madigan. His spokesman says he's been working with sponsor Rep. Greg Harris.

  

Also Tuesday another lawmaker on the fence expressed support in a newspaper opinion piece. Democratic state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth says she believes it's a matter of equality.

  

The bill passed the Senate earlier in the year, but wasn't called for a House vote. Harris says he didn't have the votes then.

  

Opponents say marriage should remain between a man and woman. Some have vowed to line up primary challengers to those who vote in favor.

 
   The bill is SB10.

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