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Supreme Court poised to debate gay marriage

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The U.S. Supreme Court will take on gay marriage this week. A decision is not expected until June. The question is, whether the court will impose a nationwide mandate on same sex marriage.

Meantime, dozens turned out to a gay and lesbian wedding expo in Chicago Sunday with renewed hope that Illinois will make their wedding dreams come true.

For the fourth year in a row, the Rainbow Wedding Network produced a successful wedding expo in Chicago. Vendors showcased their cake decorations, ceremony & reception venues, and photography for the lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender community.

The big issue though, these same sex couples are not able to get legally married in Illinois.

"We had to go to Canada. We preferred here, but still a nice trip," one happy couple claimed.

Many couples arrived at the Holiday Inn with hope that Illinois will become the 10th state to legalize gay marriage. On Valentine's Day, the state senate approved a same sex marriage measure. A full house vote will soon follow. However, a date has not yet been set.

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will take up two gay marriage cases. The Court will consider implementing California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage.

"The constitutional right to marry is well established. In fact, the Supreme Court has ruled you can't take away the right to marry even from imprisoned felons," David Boies, an attorney challenging Prop 8, said.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will weigh in on the Defense of Marriage Act, which does not allow legal unions to be recognized on a federal level. Ultimately, the Supreme Court's decision could redefine marriage on a national level.

Family research Council President Tony Perkins believes these measures are about altering society.

"With marriage goes what our children are taught; parents are losing the right to define the morals for their children," Perkins added. "It's about religious freedom unfortunately."

A surprising comment about gay marriage came from republican political strategist Karl Rove Sunday night. He said he "could see" a republican presidential candidate supporting gay marriage in 2016.

A recent Washington Post poll shows that 34% of republicans - and 58% of all Americans - support gay marriage.

A rally and march for gay marriage rights is scheduled for 5:30 Monday afternoon in Chicago.

The demonstration will begin at Federal Plaza and conclude with a march to Pioneer Court, by the Tribune building. Both are sponsored by the Gay Liberation Network and the Civil Rights Agenda.

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