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Breaking: Illinois Senate Passes Same-Sex Marriage — Governor To Sign

by David Badash on November 5, 2013

in Marriage,News,Politics

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Wasting no time, just minutes ago the Illinois Senate passed a marriage equality concurrence bill, effectively making Illinois the fifteenth state to offer same-sex marriage. Democratic governor Pat Quinn will sign the bill into law and same-sex couples can begin marrying June 1, 2014.

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The vote in the Senate, affirming changes made by the House, was 32-21. The House vote, just an hour ago, was 61-54.

Governor Quinn tweeted, “Illinois is a place that embraces all people and today, we are an example for the nation,” and added, “Today the Illinois House put our state on the right side of history.”

Same-sex marriage advocates and activists, understandably, were ecstatic:

Image, top, by Waymon Hudson via Instagram

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revtjchase November 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I don't understand if the Governor signs it why people have to wait until June 1st before getting married. This only gives the anti-gays room to try to repeal it.

BJLincoln November 5, 2013 at 9:17 pm

That time is for the opposition to collect enough signatures to stop it until it can be voted on by the people. People against equal marriage are finding they can't get enough signatures because so many believe it's the right thing to do. If no one can stop it, the signed bill it becomes a law at the end of the time.

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