Same-sex marriage legislation likely to wait until spring session for vote

By Audrey Williams

January 4, 2013 Updated Jan 7, 2013 at 2:51 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- Gay and lesbian couples hoping for same-sex marriage law in Illinois won't likely see that legislation come up again until the Spring session.

The State Journal Register reports that a lead proponent of the bill is saying he won't push the bill in the House until after new lawmakers are seated, when Democrats will enlarge their majorities in both chambers

One of the discussion lawmakers are having centers around the affect gay or lesbian parenting has on their children.

Dr. Laura Berk, Retired ISU Psychology Professor, testified during the committee hearing Thursday.

Dr. Berk said research has shown that children of gay and lesbian parents are as well adjusted in virtually every aspect as children of heterosexual couples.

"From adjustment, general mental health, peer relations, gender identity, even sexual orientation is essentially equivalent between the children of gay and lesbian parents and those of heterosexual parents," said Dr. Berk.

She adds this area has been widely researched for the past 25 years and both parents and children have been studied.

If the bill becomes law, Illinois could become the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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