Republican lawmakers in Indiana are determined not to fail this time around in pushing for a state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions. On Monday, a Republican-controlled House committee approved the amendment requirement by a 8-4 vote along party lines.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn today is expected to sign a bill that legalizes civil unions. About 1,000 people are expected to be on hand for the ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center.Illinois legislators approved civil unions late last year.
Gay marriage continues to make headlines across the country as lawmakers from various states debate the issue. Earlier today Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee promised to sign a gay marriage bill into law should the state legislature send it to his desk.
Illinois State Representative Deb Mell says she plans to marry fiancée Christin Baker in Iowa, despite the likely passage of a civil unions bill next year. “We’re thrilled and grateful, obviously,” Mell said about the law. “But we really want that marriage license.”
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley thanked the Illinois General Assembly for passing a bill authorizing civil unions in the state.The legislation passed this week by both the House and Senate offers gay and lesbian couples many of the same legal rights as married couples in Illinois."I'm very happy wi