Though supporters of same-sex marriage are cautiously optimistic that marriage equality could soon arrive in Illinois, opponents to such legislation are also mounting their own push in an opposite direction.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that state Senator Bill Haine, a downstate Democrat, is pushing for a constitutional amendment that would specifically define marriage in Illinois as between a man and a woman. A similar “defense of marriage” resolution was proposed earlier this year by a group of Republican members of the state House of Representatives but has failed to gain much traction.
The Illinois Family Institute, a Carol Stream-based group opposed to same-sex marriage and designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is also gearing up for a possible vote on the matter in the near future.
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