Illinois military veterans join effort for gay marriage

Illinois military veterans are joining the effort to legalize gay marriage in Illinois.

A group called "Veterans Unite for Marriage" is pressing the Illinois House to OK same-sex marriage in the legislative session that begins later this month.

Clayton Peterson of Rock Island is a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam. He says despite his service he does not have "the same marital rights as straight couples."

Federal benefits are available to spouses of gay service members, but only if their marriages are recognized in their home states.

Gay marriage legislation won Senate approval in February. But it never had enough support in the House to get a roll call there before the General Assembly adjourned in May. Both the Senate and the House is controlled by Democrats.

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