John M. Becker

BREAKING: Illinois House Passes Marriage Equality

Filed By John M. Becker | November 05, 2013 5:06 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, Illinois, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, SB-10

illinois_senate_marriagevote.jpgMoments ago, the Illinois House of Representatives passed SB-10, a bill granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry. The vote was 61-54.

It now goes back to the Illinois Senate, which must approve the amended bill. That body passed the bill on Valentine's Day by a 34-21 vote, so passage is all but assured; the Illinois Senate Democrats announced on Twitter that they are prepared to act on SB-10 tonight.

It will then go to pro-equality Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, who has pledged to sign it into law. It will take effect on June 1, 2014.

As soon as the Senate passes SB-10 and Quinn signs it into law, Illinois will leapfrog over Hawaii and become the 15th U.S. state (plus Washington, D.C.) to allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry.

The other states are:

  • Massachusetts (2004)
  • California (2008, 2013)
  • Connecticut (2008)
  • Iowa (2009)
  • Vermont (2009)
  • New Hampshire (2009)
  • New York (2011)
  • Washington (2012)
  • Maryland (2012)
  • Maine (2012)
  • Rhode Island (2013)
  • Delaware (2013)
  • Minnesota (2013)
  • New Jersey (2013)

UPDATE, 6:03 PM EST: The Illinois Senate has just voted to concur with the House's amended version of the bill, 32-21. It now goes to Governor Quinn, who will sign the bill.

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