Illinois Senate votes to legalize same-sex marriage

By WEEK Reporter

February 14, 2013 Updated Feb 14, 2013 at 9:51 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage.

Since Democrats have a super-majority in the General Assembly, the measure was expected to be approved.

Now, the measure is to be considered by the House. Governor Pat Quinn said he would sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

Quinn said in a statement that he approved of the efforts of the Senate.

“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," Quinn said.

However, Republican State Senator Darin LaHood said in a statement that he is concerned about how the legislation will affect religious institutions.

"I believe strongly in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman. Additionally, I have extreme reservations about the legislation not having exemptions for churches, synagogues or mosques and other religious institutions from being forced to perform same-sex marriages in their respective houses of worship," LaHood said.
If the bill becomes law, Illinois would be the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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