In response to the forming of the 'Coalition to Protect Children and Marriage', a group has announced the formation of a counter-coalition called 'Illinois Unites for Marriage' that will push for gay marriage in Illinois in 2013.
The gay marriage group is composed of Equality Illinois, ACLU of Illinois, and Lambda Legal. The 'Coalition to Protect Children and Marriage' is composed of the Illinos Family Institute, Eagle Forum of Illinois, Catholics Citizens of Illinois, Thomas More Society, Family PAC, Abstinence and Marriage Partnership, Illinois Citizens for Life PAC, Lake County Right to Life, and Concerned Christian Americans.
State Rep. Greg Harris and Sen. Heather Steans, both Chicago Democrats, last week said they will be seeking to legalize gay marriage in Illinois during the state General Assembly's upcoming lame duck session and described a "yes" vote as "within striking distance." Harris has previously said he would not call a vote on the issue until he was assured he had enough votes for approval.