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Ill. Senate president wants to pass same-sex marriage bill on Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 1, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said he wants to pass same-sex marriage legislation on Valentine’s Day.

Cullerton told the Chicago Sun-Times that he’d like the state Senate to pass the measure out of committee next week and vote to approve it on Feb. 14.

Cullerton said he believes the legislation, Senate Bill 10, has the necessary 30 votes to pass and move to the House, clearing a major hurdle in making Illinois the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriages.

Earlier in week, Cullerton — speaking to the City Club of Chicago — said that the timing is right to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.

Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), the bill’s Senate chief sponsor, and Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), the bill’s chief House sponsor, have been working to tweak legislation that surfaced and stalled in the legislature’s lame duck session in January.

The new legislative session begins Feb. 5, and with significant Democratic majorities in both legislative chambers, proponents are confident the measure will pass.

Gov. Pat Quinn (D) supports the bill and has pledged to sign it if passed.

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33 more reader comments:

  1. <3

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:34pm
  2. Come on IL!!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:35pm
  3. between that and 1b billion rising BEST VALENTINES DAY EVER

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:35pm
  4. Cute!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:37pm
  5. Great <3

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:40pm
  6. Awesome!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:41pm
  7. Its getting Better!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:53pm
  8. Thank you, John Cullerton! I hope it goes through.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12:53pm
  9. wish that was va.

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:01pm
  10. NEED FLORIDA TO BE ON THAT LIST TOO

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 1:38pm
  11. Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 2:15pm
  12. Yay! Only good thing to come outta Illinois!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 2:54pm
  13. OMG YAYAYAYA

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 3:13pm
  14. YES

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 3:22pm
  15. Great idea!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:23pm
  16. this would be the perfect birthday gift

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:31pm
  17. that would be a wonderful Valentine’s gift

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:42pm
  18. we need same sex marriage valintines day would be wonderful. :)

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 4:52pm
  19. I love it!!! The people who support it would be honored. And the people who hate will get pissed off having to “share” their day. It’s a win win!!

    Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 at 5:13pm
  20. Why not make it the day the Governor signs the bill into law

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 5:34pm
  21. oh that would be awesome!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 5:34pm
  22. <3

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 5:35pm
  23. Beautiful

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 5:39pm
  24. yes it is very wonderful and it is incrediably beautiful!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 5:43pm
  25. Best of luck. This would be amazing!!!! <3

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 5:52pm
  26. i think that would be a lovely gesture.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 6:17pm
  27. NO

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 6:33pm
  28. wonderful!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 6:53pm
  29. Aw

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 7:41pm
  30. love on the day of it.

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 8:50pm
  31. Cool!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 9:52pm
  32. WOW! I hope he can succeed!

    Posted on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 10:17pm
  33. I think it’s great… Unfortunately the neighboring state of Indiana will stay in the dark ages as long as they possibly can and continue to spew hate and ignorance.

    Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 5:22am