Illinois took another step closer Tuesday (26 February) to becoming the 10th state in the US to make gay marriage legal.
The Illinois House Executive Committee,comprised of seven Democrats and four Republicans, voted 6-5 to advance The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. It will next go to the full House floor for a vote.
At least 60 House members must vote ‘yes’ to pass the legislation for it to move on to Governor Pat Quinn for signature. Quinn has promised to sign the bill into law if it receives legislative approval.
The Illinois State Senate passed the marriage equality bill by a vote of 34-21 two weeks ago.
‘The day when loving, committed same-sex couples in Illinois can marry is within our grasp,’ Jim Bennett, midwest regional director for Lambda Legal said in a statement after the vote. ‘Illinois is poised to become the tenth state where same-sex couples have the freedom to marry, and we need people across the state to call their Representatives and urge them to vote ‘Yes.’ The time to act is now.’