Illinois Takes Step Toward Gay Marriage

Legislators in support of same-sex marriage have a long way to go, but the ball is rolling.

A same-sex marriage bill may be voted on in the Illinois Senate as early as Valentine’s Day, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Sen. Heather Seans, D-Chicago, sponsored the bill in last month’s lame duck session, but it took until Tuesday for it to advance past committee action in a 9-5 vote, according to the report.

The bill will now go to floor process where the entire Senate will consider its passage. Should it make it through the Senate readings, it will go before the House, where the process will be repeated. If it passes the House—a big "if," according to the Tribune—it then goes up for consideration by Governor Pat Quinn.

Quinn recently told the Tribune he completely supports same-sex marriage.

For more, read the Chicago Tribune report.

Bruno Fontana February 11, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Not to trivialize the importance of the issue but if our state legislators paid as much attention to our looming debt (ie paying pensions) crisis as they did to this, what better shape we'd be in. Way to prioritize...gay marriage, minium wage increase...looming deficit last...nice job.
Billy Gallagher February 11, 2013 at 05:05 PM
is that a picture of 2 women or 2 men holding hands....it's hard to tell.
Bruno Fontana February 11, 2013 at 08:29 PM
I gotta say 2 guys....not even Ellen would wear a watch like that!
Erik Bloecks February 11, 2013 at 11:30 PM
I agree that is an historical issue, and that they need to get movig on the fiscal crisis. It looks like they don't want to fix it. They risk getting dirty and losing re-election, but what they don't realized they have already lost.


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