Gov. Pat Quinn, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka are in the House chambers Tuesday ahead of an anticipated vote this afternoon.
Quinn is a Chicago Democrat who says he’ll sign the bill if lawmakers send it to his desk. The other Democrats – Madigan and Simon – have advocated for same-sex marriage. Topinka is a Republican who supports same-sex marriage.
The bill’s sponsor — Democratic Rep. Greg Harris of Chicago — addressed House members Tuesday on the floor before the bill was to be called for a vote.
The bill passed the Senate earlier in the year, but wasn’t called for a House vote. Harris says he didn’t have the votes then.
Advocates’ momentum has been building since then, particularly with a fierce campaign, union support and lobbying from House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Opponents of the bill say marriage should remain strictly between a man and woman.
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