Lawmakers debate gay marriage legislation in House


Story Updated: Nov 6, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An opponent of same-sex marriage is questioning whether a bill up for debate on the Illinois House floor threatens religious liberties.
State Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton says history is on the side of traditional marriage. She spoke Tuesday as House lawmakers debated the measure.
The bill passed the Senate earlier this year, but wasn't called for a House vote at the time.
Advocates say momentum has been building since then and that allowing same-sex marriage is a matter of equality.
On Tuesday, House members approved an amendment moving the bill's effective date to June. If the House approves the overall measure, it heads back to the Senate. Gov. Pat Quinn has said he'll sign it.
Fourteen states and Washington, D.C., allow same-sex marriage.