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Local residents split on idea of gay marriage in Illinois


Gay marriage is a hot button topic right now, and it could be coming front and center for Illinois lawmakers.

And lawmakers might vote on this pretty soon, but probably not Tuesday as some lawmakers previously hinted.

The issue has pushed forward after getting approval by a committee Thursday.

(See "Gay marriage remains a tough sell in Illinois")

Now lawmakers may be getting this back onto the senate floor on Tuesday to face off with the entire Illinois Senate.

Several area locals share their differing opinions.

"I'm against it. I don't think it's right. That's just what I think. It's against God's Law," says Beverly Peters.

John Natalini says, "I'm pro-choice. Let people decide and if the choice is gay or not gay marriage, it would be gay marriage."

"I have absolutely no problem with gay marriage. I think everybody has the right to be happy; Whether it be with another woman or another man," says Kylee Nichols.

Meanwhile, Patsy Murphy says, "I believe everything the Bible says and it says in the Bible that it's very wrong."

If the measure becomes law, Illinois would become the tenth state to approve gay marriage, the first since the November election and public praise from President Obama.

Illinois already recognizes civil unions, but activists are pushing for full gay marital rights, which would allow them benefits such as including spouses on insurance.

Now if this is passed in the Illinois Senate, it goes on to the House, and then to the desk of the Governor, and it would have to pass in each situation to become a law.

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