Local State Representatives give their thoughts on legalizing gay marriage

By WEEK Producer

Local State Representatives give their thoughts on legalizing gay marriage

December 14, 2012 Updated Dec 14, 2012 at 10:05 PM CDT

ILLINOIS -- Local state representatives are weighing in on a proposal that would bring gay marriage legislation to a vote in Springfield soon.

Chicago Democrats representative Greg Harris and State Senator Heather Steans plan to send a bill to Governor Pat Quinn right after the New Year.

Galesburg area state Representative Don Moffitt says with so many other pressing issues on the table now is not the time for a vote on gay marriage.

"Why do it in lame duck? This is not an emergency piece of legislation. It's not like issues dealing with pension reform or keeping correctional facilities open or paying our bills. Those are basically approaching emergency status," said St. Rep. Don Moffitt (R) 74th Dist.

"Since this is all new I have not developed a particular position but I do look forward to talking to my colleagues who support this particular issue to hear pros and cons to why they support this particular bill right now," said St. Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth St. Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth (D) 92nd Dist.

Two years ago the state legislature approved legislation recognizing "civil unions" between same sex couples, but has banned gay marriage.