David E. Smith, executive director of the Illinois Family Institute, said in an interview this week that marriage equality advocates are unlikely to go forward with a vote on a bill that would legalize marriage for same-sex couples. "I doubt if it's going to come up. I don't think they have the votes. I think they're going to fall short," said Smith, who rejected the notion that marriage equality is inevitable. "The fact of the matter is, 20 years ago, 30 years ago, the nation was pro-choice. Today, it's pro-life. Nations and attitudes can change." Meanwhile, 250 Illinois religious leaders signed an open letter this week supporting the push for marriage rights. The measure's proponents said they are close to securing enough votes for passage next month.
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