Possibility for three additional states to welcome marriage equality

It's been a busy week for marriage equality. New Mexico, Illinois and Hawaii all have actions that will address marriage equality in their state.

Activists on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate rallied in Springfield on Tuesday as legislators in Illinois kicked off a short three-day session usually reserved for overturning vetoes. A same-sex marriage bill passed the state Senate earlier this year, but it stalled in the House, where Democratic leaders worried they didn’t have the votes.

On Wednesday, lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union and county clerks will argue for same-sex marriage before the New Mexico Supreme Court. Earlier this year, eight county clerks in New Mexico began unilaterally issuing marriage certificates to same-sex couples. The organization of county clerks asked the court to provide guidance on whether same-sex unions were legal.

And on Monday, legislators in Hawaii will return for a special session, called by Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D), for the exclusive purpose of passing a same-sex marriage bill. Abercrombie had said he wouldn’t call a special session unless he was certain he had the votes to pass the bill.

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