Reporting by WBEZ's Tony Arnold.
The bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois is advancing.
For the second time in a month - the Senate Executive Committee approved the legalization of same-sex marriage along party lines.
Lawmakers tried to pass a similar bill before the end of session last month - but failed to get the necessary support.
Today the votes against the measure centered around the same argument as last time: Would religious institutions have to host same-sex marriages on their properties?
The gay and lesbian community is pushing to be included in a state law to protect against discrimination. The nonpartisan political action committee Missourians for Equality is kicking off its statewide petition drive in several areas across
Updated 5:49 p.m.
The Associated Press reports that the bill has cleared the Senate committee and will head to the full Senate for a vote.
It is not clear when that vote will take place.
Updated 4:51 p.m. with information on start of hearing. Will be updated.
A Senate committee has started considering a landmark bill that could make Illinois the 10th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage.
Hundreds of people have submitted comments for and against the measure.
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