Illinois same-sex marriage bill could get vote this week

January 1, 2013

Same Sex Marriage
Daryl Rizzo will be anxious this week, waiting to learn whether Illinois lawmakers will bring a same-sex marriage bill up for a vote.

If it comes up and passes — a big “if” given the brief and unpredictable nature of lame-duck legislative sessions — Illinois would become the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage, and Rizzo could finally wed Jaime Garcia, the man he has been in a relationship with for 12 years.

“We’ve been kind of getting a sense of where Illinois is, where the country is, and you see this sort of domino effect,” said Rizzo, 51, who lives in La Grange with Garcia and their 5-year-old daughter, Siena. “I think we’re riding the wave of that domino effect that’s happening across the country.”

Democratic state Sen. Heather Steans of Chicago said Monday that her goal is to introduce the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act to legalize same-sex marriage this week. The Senate will be in session Wednesday through Friday, then the House will be in session Sunday through Tuesday.

“Things are always fluid,” Steans said. “My goal is to call it this week for the Senate so it could then be heard in the House next week.”

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