Despite a Senate committee vote in favor (8-5) of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act on Thursday, advocates in Illinois will not push for marriage equality legislation in the final days of this session.
Five lesbian couples applied for marriage licenses in Missippi this week and, as expected, were denied. But they hope the protest will make a difference.
Republican Party chairman Pat Brady says it's time to support the cause.
Rep. Arthur Handy says he will submit the bill in Rhode Island, the only New England state lacking equal marriage rights.
The state Senate comes back into session Wednesday, and the bill is expected to come up sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, Chicago's cardinal urges opposition.