SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he wants to pass same-sex marriage legislation on Valentine's Day.
Cullerton tells the Chicago Sun-Times that he'd like the state Senate to pass the measure out of committee next week and vote to approve it on Feb. 14.
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Cullerton says he believes the bill has the 30 votes needed to pass and move to the Illinois House.
Advocates have been pushing for legislation that offers same-sex couples marriage rights currently only available to heterosexual couples. They'd hoped to capitalize on momentum from other states and President Barack Obama's support.