Illinois Senate Approves Same Sex Marriage!

Earlier today, on Valentine’s Day, the Illinois Senate passed legislation to allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.

As an Illinoisan, I am obviously over the moon about this news!

Here are the quick details:

  • The legislation passed 34-21 with two abstentions.
  • It will change the state law defining marriage from “a man and a woman” to “two people.”
  • It won’t force any religious institutions to take part in gay marriages (they don’t want to catch Teh Gey, after all…)
  • Sen. Heather Steans sponsored the measure (someone get her an edible arrangement, STAT!)
  • The bill now goes to the House where “the fight is expected to be tougher.”
  • Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

Sen. Heather Steans

Hopefully it won’t be long before we report some more good news from the House!

About Jessica Bluemke

Jessica Bluemke grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a BA in Literature. She currently works as a writer and resides on the North side of Chicago.


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