SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Senate Bill 10, which would give same sex couples the ability to marry, passed in the Illinois House and Illinois Senate on Tuesday.
The bill was originally was set to be voted on in May, but bill sponsor state Representative Greg Harris held off on the vote because he felt it did not have enough support.
Harris amended the bill on Tuesday, saying that any religious group or organization cannot be forced to use their facilities for gay weddings.
"Enhancing the civil rights of some people does not diminish the civil rights of anyone in this room or in this state," said state Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth.
"This debate is a joke here in the state of Illinois, because it's up to the federal government to give it to you," said state Representative Mary Flowers.
"Senate Bill 10 stands for something," said state Representative Chris Welch. "It stands for love, equality and fairness."
Governor Pat Quinn has pledged to sign the bill into law.