WASHINGTON - While the Illinois General Assembly grapples with whether or not to legalize same sex marriage in Illinois, at the federal level, the U.S. Senate Gang of Eight's immigration measure could be deep-sixed with a change the gay rights community hopes to inject into the discussion.
The amendment would allow same-sex couples to sponsor their partners for U.S. residence, as opposite sex married couples are allowed by law.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois said the bi-partisan coalition did not agree to add the gay partner amendment.
"We never discussed that. We never took a vote on it," Durbin said. "We know politically how it comes down. In terms of any blood oath, one way or the other. It was never taken."
Durbin did, however, pledge his support to Chicago's gay community when addressing a crowd of immigration protesters at Chicago's May Day demonstration last week.
But if the gay community is successful in getting their amendment into the immigration bill, it could endanger the whole comprehensive immigration reform plan.
"If that issue is injected into this bill, this bill will fail. It will not have the support. It will not have my support," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., recently told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.
Religious groups like the Southern Baptist Convention that have backed the immigration reform threatened to remove their support, CBN News reports.