Illinois Senate Passes Marriage Equality Bill on Valentine’s Day
The Illinois Senate approved legislation on Thursday that would grant same sex couples in the state all the marriage rights and protections currently available to opposite sex couples.
The state Senate approved the Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality Act by a 34-21 vote. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton had hoped the chamber would pass the bill on Valentine’s Day.
“Today, we are one step closer to marriage equality in Illinois,” Gov. Pat Quinn (D) said in a statement. “Couples across Illinois have even more reason today to celebrate their love for each other, thanks to the hard work of committed advocates and lawmakers. This historic legislation will strengthen our state by allowing all committed couples to enjoy the same legal protections and benefits of marriage.”
The Religious Freedom and Marriage Equality Act now moves to the Illinois House, where supporters expect it to pass.
Now this is a Valentine’s Day gift I can really get behind. Well done!