03/12/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Introduced In Illinois Legislature

His proposal to extend civil unions to same-sex couples may have stalled in the General Assembly last year, but state Rep. Greg Harris is pushing back--this time a little harder.

The Chicago Democrat introduced the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act last week, which seeks to "to provide eligible same-sex and opposite-sex couples with the same treatment as those in a civil marriage." More specifically, it requires that an individual in a same-sex marriage be included under the legal definitions: "spouse", "immediate family", and "dependent.

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