Thu February 14, 2013
Ill. Senate Votes To Lift State Ban On Same-Sex Marriage
Will be updated.
The Illinois Senate has voted to legalize same-sex marriage, advancing a proposal that would make the state the 10th in the nation allowing same-sex couples to wed.
In a 34-21 vote Thursday, lawmakers approved a measure to lift a state ban on same-sex marriage. The bill now moves to the House, where Democrats also hold a majority.
Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports in a tweet that the vote didn't quite come down on party lines:
One Republican Senator - Barickman - voted for the #IL gay marriage bill. Dems voting no: Forby, Haine, Sullivan. D Present: VanPelt, Harris
— Amanda Vinicky (@AmandaVinicky) February 14, 2013
The Valentine's Day vote came amid concerns from Republicans that the bill would force religious organizations to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies in their fellowship halls, parish centers or even in their sanctuaries. Bishops in Illinois, led by Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, also have said they oppose the idea as against the "natural order." Gov. Pat Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, has said he will sign the bill if the House approves it and released a statement following today's vote:
“Today, we are one step closer to marriage equality in Illinois.
“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 Senate took a stand for equal rights for all people. I urge the House of Representatives to pass this legislation so that we can ensure Illinois is a welcoming place for everyone.
“Full equality for all people is right for Illinois.”
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