With a vote of 34-21, the Illinois Senate passed HB 4963 today, redefining marriage by legalizing the wedding of same sex couples.
Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement regarding the Illinois Senate's passage of Senate Bill 10, "Couples across Illinois have even more reason today to celebrate their love for each other, thanks to the hard work of committed advocates and lawmakers. This historic legislation will strengthen our state by allowing all committed couples to enjoy the same legal protections and benefits of marriage."
This measure is not supported by all. Locally, Bishop Malloy issued a statement voicing opposition to the bill, "Our faith teaches us to love all our brothers and sisters made in God's image and likeness and we are to do so with respect for God's plan. Today's Senate action does not respect that plan or our human nature. Today's Senate vote to redefine marriage in the State of Illinois is a deplorable misstep that will serve to erode the very strength and foundation of our society."
The gay marriage measure now goes to the House to likely face a tougher fight. Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.