SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House Executive Committee is hearing arguments over whether the state's ban on same-sex marriage should be lifted.
The hearing was delayed for more than six hours because of a fiery debate over concealed weapons on the House floor.
Chicago Democratic Rep. Greg Harris says the bill is a matter of treating gay couples and heterosexual couples equally under the law.
Supporters of the bill who have testified include Chicago religious leaders and a homosexual couple.
Harris has previously said he expects the committee to approve his bill and move it to the full body. The bill received Senate approval on Valentine's Day with Democratic support and a lone Republican vote.
A House endorsement would send the measure to Gov. Pat Quinn.
The bill is SB10. Online: http://www.ilga.gov
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