Illinois Senate Poised for Historic Valentine’s Day Vote on Marriage Equality; Supporters Confident

The Illinois Senate could vote on marriage equality as early as 11 am CT tomorrow morning, the Windy City Times reports:

IL"I am always very conservative but we are pretty confident that it is going to pass," said Rick Garcia, policy director of The Civil Rights Agenda.

The bill comfortably passed out of the Senate Executive committee last week. LGBT leaders say they are confident about its chances in the Senate tomorrow.

Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, said that supporters need to continue push their Senators to support measure regardless. "The stronger we pass it in the Senate, the more momentum we have going into the House," Cherkasov said.

The house is expected to be the more difficult hurdle.

The live Illinois Senate audio/video feed can be found here.


  1. Geez says

    My goodness! How many damn hoops does a bill have to go through before it becomes a law? What is the FINAL hoop?

  2. LincolnLounger says

    Fairly standard stuff. Senate Committee. Full Senate. House Committee. Full House. Governor’s signature.

    He is, indeed, correct. IL House continues to be dominated by Democrats (a Democrat supermajority), but there’s great doubt as to whether they will pass it.

  3. Stefan says

    The Illinois House still has a super-majority. 11 Democrats could vote no and it would still pass. It’ll be a bit closer there but it should still pass no problem.

    I’ve never heard anywhere that there is “great doubt” that it’ll pass.

  4. Duration & Convexity says

    @ USC TRjans

    that’s just it. while republicans, I have no expectations from, democrats do often earn their positions and gains from the LGBT demographic. How we don’t hold them to higher standards and are often flippant when THEY are the cause of us not attaining equal rights is beyond me. The democratic party included marriage equality as part of the platform. For democrats in any state to be the ones responsible for us not being treated as equals is insane to me. Utter insanity.

  5. J.J says

    Josh: f-ck off and go make yourself a useful heterosexual by beating your wife, cheating on her with the babysitter and being one of the many heteros filing for divorce like it’s a new fad.