Illinois Senate Passes Amended Marriage Equality Bill 32-21; Governor to Sign


The Illinois Senate has passed SB10, the amended marriage equality bill passed by the House an hour ago. The Senate passed the bill 32-21 and it will now go to Governor Pat Quinn, who has promised to sign it.

Towleroad has heard that there will be a community celebration tonight at Sidetrack, at 3349 N. Halsted with leading supporters of the marriage equality bill speaking between 8 and 9 pm.


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  1. The gov is going to 'sing' it?! Not sure I want to hear that. Perhaps you meant... sign.

    Posted by: Lael | Nov 5, 2013 6:11:22 PM

  2. Sing, sign, equality is in Illinois! Boystown is going to be amazing tonight :)

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Nov 5, 2013 6:26:38 PM

  3. I think it would be totally appropriate for the governor to sing this. Sing it loud, sing it proud. What was said in whispers must now be sung from rooftops! Sing as you sign, guvnah! Sing as you sign! Hallelujah!

    Posted by: Glenn I | Nov 5, 2013 6:33:29 PM

  4. Equality has arrived in the Land of Lincoln.!!!!! Onward and upward...

    Posted by: UrbanMike | Nov 5, 2013 6:35:49 PM

  5. To the brave members of Illinois's Legislature; Thank you so much for understanding this is all about Love and not some diety's disapproval.


    Posted by: bear | Nov 5, 2013 6:36:29 PM

  6. CONGRATULATIONS ILLINOIS! Guess that we can expect another "revelation" from that ridiculous money grubbing twit Pat Robertson via his private pipeline from God . . .

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 5, 2013 6:37:16 PM

  7. @Glenn I HAHAHAH!! Well said. Let us all sing from the rooftops!

    Posted by: leNolaBoy | Nov 5, 2013 6:53:02 PM

  8. It is wonderful new but now why are they making us wait until JUNE 1st 2014 for marriages to begin ? WTF ?! Does it really take EIGHT MONTHS to design a new marriage application form ?

    These politicians and lawmakers need a kick up the ass. If they moved this slowly in the real world they would be fired !

    Marriage equality in Illinois should be legal tomorrow ! Stop making us wait all the time !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 5, 2013 7:00:36 PM

  9. too bad brian brown wasn't in the gallery like he was when same-sex marriage passed in albany. i was so waiting for another picture of him crying into his shirt cuffs.

    Posted by: woody | Nov 5, 2013 7:02:16 PM

  10. and just for old times sake:

    Posted by: woody | Nov 5, 2013 7:04:49 PM

  11. Due to the rules of the special session (for any bill) they would have needed 71 votes to put it into effect immediately. They only needed 60 votes to go with the June 1, 2014 date. Better to have it then than go through another debate in 2014 which would have put the date out even further.

    Posted by: Jim Elliott | Nov 5, 2013 7:05:58 PM

  12. Toasting Rep. Greg Harris in Boystown tonight!

    Posted by: Mikey | Nov 5, 2013 7:09:40 PM

  13. Talk about moving fast! Congratulations to both the Illinois House and Senate for passing this bill so quickly this go around!

    Posted by: RonCharles | Nov 5, 2013 7:11:02 PM

  14. Congratulations Illinois! Now I've got to catch my breath, and get ready for the Aloha coming to Hawaii in a few days.

    Posted by: Keith | Nov 5, 2013 7:19:14 PM

  15. There was a blurb on one of the gay blogs this morning that the Christian Coalition (pat robertson's old thing) in Hawaii, claims to have 5M members (4x the state population) and they are trying to do a "citizen" filibuster to prevent the vote. The head of the police union also spoke out against it, once he retires he won't support the law....

    Posted by: steven | Nov 5, 2013 7:23:32 PM

  16. He is going to sing the Sondheim's song:
    Party! Life is swinging. Skies are blue and bells are ringing. Twenty years ago who'd have guessed....

    Posted by: simon | Nov 5, 2013 7:24:47 PM

  17. They tried to do a "citizen" filibuster in Hawaii, but got cut off, finally. The committees are in recess and will reconvene shortly. When/if they approve it, it goes to the House.

    Posted by: john patrick | Nov 5, 2013 8:17:09 PM

  18. Things are changing so fast its unbelievable! It's starting to look like the end of the line for NOM. I hope Maggie and Brian have other work lined up.

    I only wish I had some gay friends so we could all celebrate!

    Posted by: Mary | Nov 5, 2013 10:07:24 PM

  19. Remember, Remember, the 5th of November.

    Posted by: Aepol1 | Nov 6, 2013 12:08:46 AM

  20. Always an interesting read. nice post..! very impressive

    Posted by: Stanley | Nov 7, 2013 5:47:27 AM

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