By Anna Peirano
The Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act has passed in the Senate Executive Committee with a vote of 8-5, and now moves to a vote in the full Senate followed by a vote in the House of Representatives.
The legislation would grant all Illinois couples the right to marry, regardless of sexual orientation, and provides that all laws applicable to marriage be applied equally to marriages of same-sex couples and their children.
“The Senate Committee did the right thing today and we look forward to the full Senate following their lead,” said Director of the Equal Marriage Illinois Project Rick Garcia in a statement. “For the first time in Illinois history, we had a vote on the recognition of same-sex marriages, and we won. If everyone calls their senator, we will continue to win. It is now time for marriage equality advocates to contact their Senators immediately and urge them to vote yes on this legislation.”
It is unclear when a full Senate vote would take place. The Senate would have to be called back for a special session on January 8th in order to take up marriage equality before the close of the body’s lame duck session (the period between the November elections and the swearing in of new members) on January 9th.
If the law is passed, Illinois would become the 10th state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage.
You can visit the site of Equality Illinois for more information.