On Tuesday, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act cleared the Illinois House Executive Committee, and now heads to a full vote in the House.
The measure, approved 6-5, would make Illinois the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
The actual vote was delayed while legislators spent most of the day focusing on concealed-weapons laws. (Ah, Americans and their guns.)
Gov. Pat Quinn supports the measure but admits there’s still “persuading” to get it passed in the House.
“The momentum behind marriage equality just keeps building,” stated Rick Garcia, Director of the Equal Marriage Illinois Project. “We have seen an amazing surge of support from all over Illinois. With this historic vote we are one step away from marriage equality. We are still working to get the 60 votes in the house, and we will call the bill the moment we have them.”
No date for a House vote has been set, but its believed it could take place as early as next week.