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Illinois Senate passes marriage equality bill on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013
Photo credit: Laurel Ramseyer

Photo credit: Laurel Ramseyer

The Illinois Senate today passed the marriage equality bill, the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act” by a bipartisan vote of 34-21. The bill now moves to the House where a vote is expected in the coming days. If you live in Illinois, you can contact your representative via the Illinois Unites for Marriage website here.

In his State of the State address this year, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn urged both chambers of the state General Assembly to approve the bill so that he can sign it into law. If passed, the bill would become law 30 days after it is signed by the governor and Illinois would become the 10th state with marriage equality. Task Force staff members have worked with Illinois Unites for Marriage, the coalition working to pass the bill, and will continue to offer support throughout the fight for mariage equality in the state.

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