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Patch Flash: IL Senate Says Yes to Gay Marriage Bill

Same-sex marriage bill proceeds to the House for a vote.

Illinois gay and lesbian couples received a Valentine’s Day gift from the Illinois Senate. The Democrat-led Senate passed legislation, in a 34-21-2 vote, this afternoon that would allow same-sex marriages in Illinois, according to Huffington Post.

The gay marriage bill now goes to the House.

If it is signed into law, marriage officially would be changed in state law from an act between a man and a woman to two people. The legislation says nothing in the proposed law would force a religious denomination or minster to “solemnize any marriage,” according to the Chicago Tribune.  

If the bill is also approved by the state House of Representatives, Illinois will join Washington, D.C. and nine other U.S. marriage equality states, according to the Huffington Post. Illinois has had civil unions available for same-sex couples since June 2011.

Just Sayin February 19, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Dan Arenov...If that's your real name. You call me a whack job and you turn around and ask others to be " civil with people you disagree with". Then you have the audacity to call RB and myself hypocritical ? LOL. Like I suggested up north...you need to take a good long G damn look in the mirror bud.
Claudia Lenart February 19, 2013 at 04:16 PM
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