Illinois Senate Panel to Consider Marriage Equality Bill Tomorrow

Illinois' Senate Executive Committee will consider a marriage equality bill tomorrow, February 5, the Peoria Journal Star reports:

ILThat's according to state Sen. Heather Steans. The Chicago Democrat and bill sponsor says it's on the executive committee's agenda and she's confident it has the support to pass the Senate next week.

Last week, Senate President John Cullerton said he'd like to approve gay marriage on Feb. 14. He says he believes the bill has the 30 votes needed to pass and move to the House.

Steans agrees. The legislation would grant same-sex couples rights available to heterosexual couples.

Steans spoke with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts about the bill earlier today.

Said Rick Garcia, Director of the Equal Marriage Illinois Project and Senior Policy Advisor for Illinois LGBT rights group The Civil Rights Agenda in a press release: "It is exciting that the Senate Committee will be hearing the bill so quickly. We expect the bill to pass the committee and look forward to the full vote in the Senate next week."