Illinois Senate Passes Historic Same Sex Marriage Bill

The bill will now move to the House of Representatives where it will have to pass committee and floor action before going to Gov. Quinn.

A bill to legalize same-sex marriage passed the Illinois Senate early Thursday afternoon, making a happier Valentine's Day for gay couples across the state.

The Senate passed the bill—SB 10—with 34 votes in favor, 21 votes against and two abstentions. The bill will now go to the House of Representatives, where it will need 60 votes to pass. 

The bill will now go over to the House of Representative where it will have to repeat the same process before going to Gov. Quinn, who already voiced his support of the bill in a Chicago Tribune report.

If passed, the state law defining marriage would be changed from an act between a man and a woman, to two people. 

"I've been told it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when it's going to be done," veteran marriage equality advocate Rick Garcia, senior policy advisor at The Civil Rights Agenda, told the Huffington Post last week

But not all were in favor of the bill. Bishop Thomas Paprocki, of Springfield issued a statement saying Catholics who, "propose or promote the legal establishment of marriage as something other than the union of one man and one woman harm the common good of society."

If passed, Illinois would be the 10th state to have a marriage equality law in the country. 

Bruce February 16, 2013 at 06:41 PM
I disagree. Any time that a government withholds a basic human right from a group, this matter should be given the highest priority to resolve.
Karen February 17, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Polygamy is only spiritual marriage and if consenting adults choose that lifestyle, more power to them. As long as it doesn't involve child brides, who cares what people do?
Juvenal February 17, 2013 at 03:38 AM
phxdr it is not a straw man argument; it may be a slippery slope argument. But the fundamental argument in favor of gay marriage is that by not allowing people who love each other and want to marry to do so, especially when certain legal rights are tied to marriage: inheritance, next of kin status, taxes, etc, then the state is treating a minority unequally. But if the minority of consenting adults who want to practice polyamory (as many cultures have in history, and, unlike gay unions, they have been considered "marriages" for millienia) or incest, the exact same argument supports marriage for them. They may be further out there on the public acceptance scale, but the most common arguments for gay marriage apply just as well. (You might need to account for restrictions on child-rearing for too-close relatives, but they can always adopt or use surrogates -- as gay couples must anyway. If you want to draw the line at gay marriage, then state why....
ep concerned February 27, 2013 at 10:42 PM
How did the local politicians vote?
Marcia Cortazzo March 09, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Ummm, ep concerned, it's the Illinois Senate and Illinois House of Representatives. The "local politicians" don't vote....


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