The bill now faces one final obstacle: the Illinois House floor.
The Senate-cleared same-sex marriage bill took its first step towards passage in the state House today after passing a 6-5 Executive Committee vote, the Chicago Tribune reports. READ: Illinois Senate Passes Historic Same Sex Marriage Bill The bill now faces what is expected to be its toughest challenge yet. House floor action is essentially the last step in its passage as Gov. Pat Quinn already expressed his endorsement of the bill. Get the rest of the story by the Chicago Tribune
With the bill legalizing same-sex marriage clearing the Illinois Senate, it's now up to the Illinois House to make it a reality. See how your local senator voted.
Illinois took a giant step closer toward legalized same-sex marriage with the passage of the marriage equality bill – SB 10 – in the Illinois Senate on Thursday afternoon. The Senate passed the bill – with 34 in favor, 21 against and two abstentions. The bill still has one hurdle left to clear when it goes before the Illinois House where it needs 60 votes to pass. See how each member of the Illinois Senate voted, by clicking on the pdf. If passed, the state law defining marriage would be changed from an act between a man and a woman, to two people. State Sen. Bill Cunningham (18th District) said he initially had reservations about the bill after attempts to pass it during last month's veto session. The Beverly Democrat brought his …