Illinois House Passes Marriage Equality Bill 61-54

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The Illinois House has passed SB10, the marriage equality bill, in a 61-54 vote.

The Illinois Senate Democrats tweeted this afternoon that they are prepared to take action and will do so today.

The Senate passed the bill back in February in 34-21 vote. They will simply need to adopt the changes in the new bill that were made making the effective date for the law to take effect June 1.

Governor Pat Quinn will sign it. Illinois will be the 15th state with marriage equality, plus Washington D.C..


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  1. Victory!!

    Posted by: Josh | Nov 5, 2013 5:06:03 PM


  2. Once the Senate accepts the change in date and the governor signs it will bring equal marriage to 36.7% of the US population.

    Posted by: Jim Elliott | Nov 5, 2013 5:08:24 PM


  3. That is wonderful news. Progress continues.
    Congratulations Illinois.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 5, 2013 5:10:18 PM


  4. Because people will ask: The Illinois Senate must revote because there were some slight amendment to the bill in the House. The Senate is expected to pass it quickly and the governor has said he will sign the Bill. It will be effective next June -- June 1, 2014.

    The long time before the effective date was part of how it got passed in the House. A 30 day effective date required 71 votes. A June 1, 2014 required only 60 votes.

    Posted by: Buster | Nov 5, 2013 5:10:40 PM


  5. Congrats to Illinois from Wash. State.

    Posted by: Tom | Nov 5, 2013 5:12:57 PM


  6. So amazing. Almost unreal considering just a couple weeks ago, things looked likely to be stalled through January. 15 states down. So awesome. Illinois, Illinois, Illinois, yea!

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Nov 5, 2013 5:13:12 PM


  7. Congrats, Illinois! A long time coming but you got it done, just beating Hawaii to the #15 slot (while all the bussed-in religious zealots drone uselessly on there). Sweet sixteen will be coming right up.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 5, 2013 5:17:38 PM


  8. CONGRATULATIONS ILLINOIS!!!

    Posted by: Jeff | Nov 5, 2013 5:18:00 PM


  9. I am NOT a Republican, but we need to realize: this bill passed by 2 votes, and there were 3 Republicans who voted for it (and about 8 Democrats joined dozens of Republicans to vote against it). Like New York, Delaware and other states, the Democrats deserve the greatest thanks, but these bills would not have passed without the votes of a few truly courageous Republicans.

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Nov 5, 2013 5:18:51 PM


  10. Congratulations for equality!

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Nov 5, 2013 5:20:53 PM


  11. THANKS! to House Rep Greg Harris for all his hard work!!!
    June 1st 2014 is going to be a great day in Chicago!!!

    Posted by: TOMMY CHICAGO | Nov 5, 2013 5:21:04 PM


  12. My thanks to all who voted for it, regardless of their affiliation!

    Posted by: clayton | Nov 5, 2013 5:21:37 PM


  13. this bill should not of passed. They are trying to do it the sneaky way by changing the effective date so they don't need as many votes. What is wrong with Americans?? God made marriage to be a man and a woman.

    Posted by: totally pissed | Nov 5, 2013 5:21:48 PM


  14. we made it into the 21st century! illinois politics can stop anything in its tracks but not this time. governor quinn now its your turn.

    Posted by: m | Nov 5, 2013 5:24:35 PM


  15. It is great news. I guess God is so pissed that he has to off himself.

    Posted by: simon | Nov 5, 2013 5:27:24 PM


  16. God didn't make marriage, and Russia awaits you, @TotallyPissed (aka Brian Brown).

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 5, 2013 5:29:47 PM


  17. @totally pissed OMG the bill passed by a simple majority. POOR 'MURIKA!

    Congrats IL!

    Posted by: Dehreeus | Nov 5, 2013 5:30:49 PM


  18. Marriage Equality....Pass it on!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4DyAqnJoPo

    Posted by: CB | Nov 5, 2013 5:35:21 PM


  19. YES!!!! For once, it is nice to live in Illinois and not be dissapointed in the politics :) WHAT A DAY!!!!!

    Posted by: C.J. | Nov 5, 2013 5:36:13 PM


  20. It's not courageous to do the right thing, but it is cowardly to not. Bravo to everyone that voted for the bill in IL. Shame on you to those who did not.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Nov 5, 2013 5:39:30 PM


  21. Happy and proud Chicagoan today.

    Posted by: IAN F | Nov 5, 2013 5:40:32 PM


  22. Great news! I didn't expect this from the recent reports. Very significant -- Illinois is a populous state. This puts the % of Americans living in marriage equality states at over 1/3rd!

    Posted by: Matt | Nov 5, 2013 5:42:58 PM


  23. Totally Pissed...you have a lot to be pissed about. Like how society has moved on without you, and you're shouting in the wind and fewer people are listening. It's over.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Nov 5, 2013 5:43:51 PM


  24. I didn't expect this either, Matt. I came home from work and was like WHAT THE HELL (in a good way). Totally surprised how Illinois' momentum has shot through the roof and today happened. Just last week I read there were only 58 votes. I think the final amendments/touches Greg Harris put in the bill ended up being enough.

    Talking about Greg Harris, he deserves a ton of credit. He took a lot of heat in June but he really worked lawmakers and did what he could to make today possible. Deserves a lot of credit.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Nov 5, 2013 5:57:28 PM


  25. @totally pissed -- Go live on a mountaintop in a cave with your God. The rest of us will live happily here in the real world.

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Nov 5, 2013 5:59:55 PM


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