QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Gay marriage is a hot button topic right now, and it could be coming front and center for Illinois lawmakers.

And lawmakers might vote on this pretty soon, maybe even as early as Tuesday.

The issue has pushed forward after getting approval by a committee Thursday.

Now lawmakers may be getting this back onto the senate floor on Tuesday to face off with the entire Illinois Senate.

If the measure becomes law, Illinois would become the tenth state to approve gay marriage, the first since the November election, and would garner public praise from President Obama.

Illinois already recognizes civil unions, but activists are pushing forfull gay marital rights, which would allow them benefits such as including their spouse on their insurance.

Now if this is passed in the Illinois Senate, it goes on to the House, and then to the desk of the Governor, and it would have to pass in each situation to become a law.

h/t: wgem.com

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