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Marriage bill in committee Feb. 26
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times

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Illinois's same-sex marriage bill is headed for committee Feb. 26 after it passed out of the Senate on Valentine's Day.

The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act has been assigned to the House Executive Committee, its first test before it can go a full House vote.

A date has not been set for a full House vote yet, said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.

"There's not clear sense yet of when the full House vote will be," Cherkasov said.

Cherkasov added that a vote on the bill on March 1 was possible but unlikely. LGBT leaders are eying a possible mid-week vote the following week. That could mean a vote on March 6 or 7.

The bill comfortably passed out of the Senate Feb. 14, and momentum from that gain was expected to help in the House, where a harder fight has been predicted.

The House is the final hurdle for the measure before it heads to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk. Quinn strongly supports the bill.

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