Gov. Pat Quinn hopes to see same-sex marriage legislation passed in Illinois soon. (Photo By B Corbin/WJBC)
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO - Gov. Pat Quinn says he's confident same-sex marriage will become law in Illinois.
Quinn told reporters in Chicago on Monday that supporters are "very close'' to the votes needed in the state House to pass legislation that grants same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples.
The Illinois Senate already approved it. But getting the 60 votes needed in the House is proving harder.
Quinn didn't suggest a current vote count, but he said "we're going to get it done.''
The Chicago Democrat says he's reached out personally to ask legislators to support the measure.
If the bill does become law, it would make Illinois the 10th state to allow same-sex marriage. The state approved civil unions in 2011.
Support for law spreads
While Quinn remains confident same sex marriage will be passed, one House Republican leader has announced his support for legalizing gay marriage in Illinois.
Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. of Mundelein said Monday his position is influenced by his mother-in-law. She's been in a lesbian relationship for about 20 years.
Sullivan is the second GOP House member to support gay marriage and the first member of Minority Leader Tom Cross's leadership team.
Other Republicans could jump aboard with Sullivan's announcement. Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk came out in favor of gay marriage last week.