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Marriage vote could be delayed
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2013-02-26

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A House committee vote on marriage equality could happen later than expected today after work on gun control in the General Assembly threatened to push back the committee hearing.

A vote on this bill is still expected today.

The House Executive Committee was scheduled to meet at 3:00 p.m. Feb. 26 to vote on the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, but work on the state's gun control bill has delayed the afternoon vote, Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, said.

"I do expect that the Executive Committee will still meet today," he said. "Our bill is the lead bill."

Republicans headed into caucus at 3:00 p.m. They were expected out at 3:30.

A hearing on the bill was expected by early evening.

The Senate Executive Committee for Wednesday has been cancelled, giving urgency to sponsors to pass the bill Tuesday.

"Tonight is our only avenue, so tonight it's going to get done," said Cherkasov.

The House committee is the last stop for the bill before it heads to a full House vote. It has already passed the Senate. A full vote on the measure could be just days away.

Windy City Times will update as details become available.


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