Illinois Lawmakers OK Gay Marriage
Governor has promised to sign measure into law
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2013 5:46 PM CST
Illinois Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, left, is congratulated by lawmakers as gay marriage legislation passes on the House floor. Harris is openly gay.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

(Newser) – Gay marriage won yet another big fight tonight, as state lawmakers in Illinois gave their blessing, reports the Chicago Tribune. Gov. Pat Quinn has promised to sign the measure into law, which would make Illinois the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. DC also allows it. The first weddings in Illinois could take place in June, reports AP. Today's decisive vote came in the state House, which voted 61-54 in favor. It needed 60 to pass. “This is huge,” tweeted a former state resident, Barack Obama, as noted by the Chicago Sun-Times. “The Illinois House just passed marriage equality.”

Rep. Greg Harris, a Chicago Democrat, sponsored the bill and got mobbed by well-wishers afterward. “This bill will give them a better future,” he said of gay couples. "It’ll help families to show their love and commitment to each other and give all families a chance to live as full and equal citizens in the greatest country on the face of the earth.” A fellow Democrat, Rep. Mary Flowers, quoted the Bible in her bid to derail the legislation, adding that same-sex couples will "not be truly married in God's eyes."

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Nov 5, 2013 9:23 PM CST
As of now, fifteen state governments (Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Maine, Maryland, Washington, Delaware, Rhode Island, Minnesota, New Jersey and Illinois) along with the District of Columbia. Plus the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Suquamish tribe, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation issue same-sex marriage licenses. Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Wisconsin have created legal unions for same-sex couples that offer varying subsets of the rights and responsibilities of marriage under the laws of those jurisdictions. New Mexico law does not specifically allow nor prohibit same-sex marriage within the state, leaving the recognition or prohibition of same-sex marriage to the discretion of local authorities. As a result, the recognition or prohibition on same-sex marriage in New Mexico varies from county to county. Notice how the states that now allow same sex marriage and or civil unions are the "blue" (Democratic) states? Then look at the mostly "red" Republican states that strictly prohibit gay marriage or any civil unions (Idaho, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida). Then add the states whose constitutions ban gay marriage (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana and Tennessee). Plus the four other states that have statutes against gay marriage (Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming). That just goes to show that gays are slowly but surely gaining the equal rights that all human beings deserve in this country, but they still have quite a way to go.
Nov 5, 2013 7:16 PM CST
Meh, its just a legal document, I don't see all the fuss...
Nov 5, 2013 6:54 PM CST
Rednecks. Blast the faces off of twenty three schoolkids and we can't do anything because you can't take away rights. Two women want to get married? Time for the redneck christian dickwads to take away some rights! Proud of Illinois for once.