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October 21, 2014, 10:13 pm
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Same-Sex Marriage Bill Clears State Senate Committee; Final Floor Vote Still Delayed

A state Senate committee has approved legislation to legalize same-sex marriage.  The vote was 8-5 in favor. 


But the bill is in limbo, because sponsors say they don't have the votes for passage right now.  It's unclear when, or if, the bill will be called for a final vote before the end of the legislative session.


Springfield’s Catholic Bishop is continuing his effort to defeat a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. 


In testimony before a state Senate committee, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki says the bill represents a threat to both religious freedom and marriage.  Paprocki says the proposed same-sex marriage law promotes “harmful” ideas that marriage is primarily an emotional or romantic union, or is intended for adult satisfaction. 


Paprocki makes similar comments in a letter that he wants read in every Catholic church in the diocese this weekend.



A TV star who lobbied Illinois lawmakers in support of marriage equality says he’s not discouraged by setbacks that have postponed a vote on the bill.  Jesse Tyler Ferguson… a star of the hit ABC comedy “Modern Family”… says the path to civil rights is often long and difficult, but says it is still moving toward approval of equal marriage rights. 


Ferguson and his fiancée, Justin Mikita, have started a foundation that sells bow ties they designed, with proceeds going to support the fight for legalization of same-sex marriage.  The bill did not come up for a final vote Thursday, as sponsors are still lacking the votes for passage.

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