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Illinois Gay Marriage: Advocates Say The Votes Are There For Bill's Passage

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Theresa Volpe, left, testifies along side of her daughter Ava as her partner Mercedes Santos sits with their son Jaidon during a Senate Executive committee hearing considering same sex marriage at the Illinois State Capitol Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) | AP

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy Windy City Times:

With the end of the Illinois' spring legislation session just days away, LGBT leaders say that equal marriage legislation has the support needed to pass by month's end.

Sponsors have until May 31 to pass the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act," which would allow all couples, regardless of their gender, to marry. Failing that deadline, the bill's passage would be delayed for months.

LGBT groups pushing for the bill say they are ready to see it come up for a vote.

"I have absolutely no doubt we're going to be done with this by May 31," said Jim Bennett, Midwest regional director for Lambda Legal. "I believe that this bill is going to pass."

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