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State

Quinn wants to see movement on gay marriage bill

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, Illinois Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, speaks 
with reporters on the House floor during veto session at the Illinois State Capitol in 
Springfield. Emboldened by recent victories at the polls and what they see as 
rapidly shifting attitudes in favor of gay rights, supporters say Illinois is ready to 
become the next state to allow same-sex marriage -- though they acknowledge 
getting a bill passed isn't a done deal and won't be easy, even with Democratic 
majorities in Springfield. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, Illinois Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, speaks with reporters on the House floor during veto session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Emboldened by recent victories at the polls and what they see as rapidly shifting attitudes in favor of gay rights, supporters say Illinois is ready to become the next state to allow same-sex marriage -- though they acknowledge getting a bill passed isn't a done deal and won't be easy, even with Democratic majorities in Springfield. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says he hopes a bill allowing gay marriage in Illinois moves through the General Assembly next month.

Lawmakers gather Jan. 2 for what promises to be a busy lame duck session that includes considering a bill allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses and a pension overhaul. New lawmakers are sworn in Jan. 9.

Earlier this year, legislators filed the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act." It eliminates the part of state law that explicitly prohibits gay marriages and would offer same-sex couples the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples.

Quinn said Monday that lawmakers should study the issue carefully. He signed a bill last year legalizing civil unions, but 25 gay couples are suing over the state's gay-marriage ban.

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The bill is HB5170.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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