Illinois Senate delays votes on pensions, same-sex marriage and gun control

By WEEK Producer

Illinois Senate delays votes on pensions, same-sex marriage and gun control

January 3, 2013 Updated Jan 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- On Thursday, the Illinois Senate made two slight changes to a pension reform bill already passed last May but did not address overall pension reform before quitting for the weekend.

Other issues put off on Thursday include same sex marriage and changes in Illinois Gun Laws.

Backers of the same-sex marriage bill say they have the support but did not have the members to move the bill out of committee.

A Bloomington couple who has a civil union spoke about what passing a marriage bill would mean to their family.

"This marriage, this union we have, is a marriage and right now we're calling it a civil union because that's what Illinois calls it, but my family functions the same as my friends' and our marriage is the same as all of our siblings who are married," said Bloomington resident Susie Hutton.

If the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act becomes law, it would make Illinois the tenth state to recognize same-sex marriage.

Movement on a couple of gun-control measures has also been stalled. That issue too could well be waiting for the new Illinois General Assembly when it's sworn later this month.

The Illinois House starts its lame Duck session on Sunday.

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