The Illinois House may vote on a measure to make same-sex marriage legal in the state. The state's consideration comes amid a national conversation about gay marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two key cases regarding same-sex marriage on March 26 and 27. At both government levels, the debate involves the effect of same-sex marriage on families, and how they are viewed in society.
Illinois moved one step closer to legalizing gay marriage Thursday. A Senate panel sent the measure to the floor on a strict party-line vote. But some key absences meant there weren't enough votes to pass it in the full Senate.