By Devin Rose
Four of five local legislators will reportedly vote to approve a measure that would legalize gay marriage in Illinois, says an advocacy group supporting the legislation.
According to an email from Randy Hannig, the director of public policy for Equality Illinois, state representatives LaShawn Ford, Camille Lilly and Angelo Saviano have said they will vote in support of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. Hannig said state Sen. Don Harmon has also agreed to support the legislation.
The act would make Illinois the tenth state to legalize gay marriage, according to the Chicago Tribune.
As of Wednesday, state Sen. Kimberly Lightford was still undecided. Lightford could not be reached for comment Thursday, and messages to the other legislators were not returned.
The state Senate failed to take action on the bill today, the Tribune reported. Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), a co-sponsor of the measure, told the Tribune that members were missing from the Senate, which prevented them from having the 30 votes necessary to win approval.
After the measure is approved by the full Senate, it needs to go to the House for a vote by the end of the day Jan. 8, said Mitch Locin, a spokesperson for Equality Illinois. On Jan. 9, new legislators get sworn in and the process starts over again, Locin said.
The Senate is in session for the final day on Tuesday and House members are scheduled to be in Springfield from Sunday through Tuesday.