In this Jan. 3, 2013 photo, Theresa Volpe, second from left, testifies alongside her daughter Ava as her partner Mercedes Santos, right, sits with their son Jaidon during a Senate Executive committee hearing considering same sex marriage at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Despite a nudge from the home-state president, soaring support in the polls and national momentum from the November elections, the stalling of the gay marriage push in Illinois shows how tricky it is to get a legislature to approve same-sex unions. Illinois Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, a supporter for same sex marriage, left, looks on. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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In this Jan. 3, 2013 photo, Theresa Volpe, second from left, testifies alongside her daughter Ava as her partner Mercedes Santos, right, sits with their son Jaidon during a Senate Executive committee hearing considering same sex marriage at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Despite a nudge from the home-state president, soaring support in the polls and national momentum from the November elections, the stalling of the gay marriage push in Illinois shows how tricky it is to get a legislature to approve same-sex unions. Illinois Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, a supporter for same sex marriage, left, looks on. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
In this Jan. 3, 2013 photo, Theresa Volpe, second from left, testifies alongside her daughter Ava as her partner Mercedes Santos, right, sits with their son Jaidon during a Senate Executive committee hearing considering same sex marriage at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Despite a nudge from the home-state president, soaring support in the polls and national momentum from the November elections, the stalling of the gay marriage push in Illinois shows how tricky it is to get a legislature to approve same-sex unions. Illinois Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, a supporter for same sex marriage, left, looks on. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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