An Illinois Senate committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in the state.
A 9-5 vote in the Illinois Senate Executive Committee moves the bill forward nearly a month after state Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and gay state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) reintroduced bills in their respective chambers that would extend marriage to gays and lesbians. That vote occurred on Jan. 3, but time ran out in that legislative session to see the bill put to a full Senate vote.
President Obama, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin and Illinois Republican Party Chair Pat Brady are among those who have voiced support for the measure.
Senate President John Cullerton has previously stated that he would like to schedule a vote on the bill in the full Senate on Valentine’s Day.
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