House Executive Committee approves marriage equality legislation

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House Executive Committee approves marriage equality legislation

February 27, 2013 Updated Feb 27, 2013 at 12:03 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- Late Tuesday evening, an Illinois House Executive Committee voted to pass marriage equality legislation in a 6-5 vote.

The bill, sponsored by St. Rep. Greg Harris, (D) Chicago, would provide equal marriage rights to all people throughout Illinois.

In a statement released Tuesday, Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon thanked lawmakers.

“Today’s vote puts Illinois on the verge of making history, becoming a state that treats all people and relationships equally,” said Lt. Governor Simon. “Now is the time for Illinois to become the 10th state in the nation to recognize and protect the rights of all loving couples and their families. I have been a longtime supporter of marriage equality and have worked closely with Sen. Steans, Rep. Harris and members of the House and Senate to send this bill to the Governor and put Illinois on the right side of history.”

Senate Bill 10, sponsored in the Senate by St. Sen. Heather Steans, (D)Chicago, passed out of the Senate on February 14. It now moves to the full House for consideration.

If passed by the House, the bill would head to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.

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