“For the first time in Illinois history, we had a vote on the recognition of same-sex marriages, and we won,” a state LGBT advocate said. Full Senate vote could come next week.
A standing-room only crowd listened to the Illinois Senate Executive Committee hearing Thursday on the marriage equality bill.
WASHINGTON — After a day of mixed reports on the status of the marriage equality bill in Illinois, the Senate Executive Committee approved the bill late Thursday afternoon on an 8-5 vote.
Sen. Heather Steans said the Senate floor vote could come Tuesday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Rick Garcia, the director of the Equal Marriage Illinois Project and senior policy advisor to The Civil Rights Agenda, urged the full Senate to act on the bill:
“The Senate Committee did the right thing today and we look forward to the full Senate following their lead. For the first time in Illinois history, we had a vote on the recognition of same-sex marriages, and we won. If everyone calls their senator, we will continue to win. It is now time for marriage equality advocates to contact their Senators immediately and urge them to vote yes on this legislation.”
The vote came after a committee hearing, which included testimony from Lambda Legal’s Camilla Taylor about the bill's religious exemptions.
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