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Illinois becomes #15 as state lawmakers approve marriage equality bill

House approves bill 61-54, Senate confirms vote 32-21 - Bill now heads to governor for signature
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Update: 5:05 p.m. CST

The Illinois state Senate has just confirmed the House vote to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has pledged to sign it into law.

Illinois state Senate concurrence vote passes 32-21. Marriage bill heads to Gov.  Pat Quinn.

Illinois state Senate concurrence vote passes 32-21. Marriage bill heads to Gov. Pat Quinn.

Updated: 4:55 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A historic vote Tuesday in the Illinois House positioned that state to become the largest in the heartland to legalize gay marriage, following months of arduous lobbying efforts by both sides in President Barack Obama’s home state.

Under the measure, which the House approved 61-54, gay weddings could be held in Illinois starting in June. The state Senate, which approved it in February, was expected to vote later Tuesday on a technical change allowing the new effective date.

The bill would then head to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has pledged to sign it.

The Illinois House votes 61-54 to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Illinois House votes 61-54 to legalize same-sex marriage.

Fourteen states plus Washington D.C., allow same-sex marriage. Most recently, New Jersey, Minnesota and Rhode Island have legalized it.

The road to the Illinois vote was long with stalled attempts earlier this year, something that frustrated activists in the state where Democrats lead the House, Senate and governor’s office. Chicago Democratic Rep. Greg Harris, who is the spon sor of the bill, decided not to bring the bill for a vote in May because he said he simply didn’t have the support.

Seth Perlman, APIllinois Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, left, is congratulated by lawmakers as gay marriage legislation passes on the House floor during veto session Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Springfield Ill.

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Illinois Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, left, is congratulated by lawmakers as gay marriage legislation passes on the House floor during veto session Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Springfield Ill.

Seth Perlman, APSupporters of same sex marriage legislation rally in the rotunda at the Illinois State Capitol during veto session Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in Springfield Ill.

Seth Perlman, AP
Supporters of same sex marriage legislation rally in the rotunda at the Illinois State Capitol during veto session Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in Springfield Ill.

Then the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to strike down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, something he said resonated with lawmakers. Backers also launched a furious campaign, hiring a lobbyist from the state’s largest union, the former head of the Illinois Republican Party and field organizers spanning the state.

“To treat all our citizens equally in the eyes of the law we must change this,” Harris said on the floor. “Families have been kept apart.”

Debate lasted more than two hours, and the final roll call was met with hearty cheers and applause. Supporters’ speeches echoed themes of equality and civil rights with mentions of Obama, Martin Luther King Jr. and Matthew Shepard, a gay college student whose 1998 death sparked numerous hate crime bills.

Polls show support for gay marriage has surged since 1996, when Gallup found that 27 percent of Americans backed it. Now Gallup finds the majority support giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

“Today the Illinois House put our state on the right side of history,” Quinn said in a statement. “Illinois is a place that embraces all people and today, we are an example for the nation.”

However, opponents of the legislation – which included some of the most powerful religious leaders in the state – have said marriage should remain between a man and a woman. A group of Chicago areas pastors vowed to line up primary challengers against some Chicago area lawmakers who voted yes.

“This issue is not just about two adults and their emotional relational and financial commitment to another,” said Rep. Tom Morrison, a Palatine Republican. “Redefining marriage has far reaching implications in our society.”

Three Republicans joined those voting in favor, including former House Minority Leader Tom Cross of Oswego who had not reveale d how he’d vote ahead of Tuesday. The representative stepped down from his leadership position earlier this year and is seeking statewide office as treasurer.

“For me, supporting marriage equality is not only the right decision, but also consistent with my belief in individual freedom, equality and limited government,” Cross said in a statement. He declined to talk with reporters.

Other lawmakers also came forward for the first time Tuesday, including Democratic state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth of Peoria, who wrote a newspaper opinion piece expressing her support as a matter of equality. State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia told House members on the floor that she’d support the measure too.

The bill first cleared the Senate on Valentine’s Day with the support of 33 Democrats and a single Republican. Backers had expressed confidence that the bill would be approved by the House in mid-March. But it took the supporters months to secure enough yes votes to win the House’s approval.

Although Illinois once appeared poised to become the first Midwestern state to approve gay marriage in the Legislature, Minnesota did it sooner and started holding its first same-sex weddings over the summer. Iowa allows gay marriages too because of a court ruling, not a legislative vote.

The issue caused internal conflict among Illinois Republicans as the party works to balance efforts to appeal more to younger voters, minorities and women with the more socially conservative positions of some party members.

For months, the leaders of several black mega-churches lobbied the districts of black House members with an aggressive robocall campaign against gay marriage, placing an uncomfortable spotlight on the mostly Democratic black caucus. Many remained undecide d until the vote neared.

On Tuesday, the African American Clergy Coalition praised those who voted against the measure.

“We will always believe that marriage is between one man and one woman,” said Bishop Larry Trotter of the coalition. “Yet we will still love the members of the LGBT community.”

Illinois approved civil unions in 2011.

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168 more reader comments:

  1. Awesome!! <3

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:04pm
  2. HOT DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOHOOOOOOO ILLINOIS!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:05pm
  3. Way to go Illinois!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:05pm
  4. Way to go

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:05pm
  5. Right On!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:06pm
  6. Yay. n.n

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:06pm
  7. Equality for all!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:06pm
  8. um you want to try that again...I live in FL and we got s*** for equality that goes for any person other then a good ole boy...Trust me its one state

    Replied on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:26pm
  9. ^ What the hell are you talking about?

    Replied on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:27pm
  10. whaaaaaaaat?!?! yaaaaaaay

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:07pm
  11. Wonderful news! Congradulations, another state, on the right tract!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:07pm
  12. Let freedom ring for Illinois!!!! WTG!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:07pm
  13. Woohoo Illinois! I wish I was on Halsted for the celebration.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:07pm
  14. Me too! :D

    Replied on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:55pm
  15. AWESOME<3

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:08pm
  16. WOO! :D

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:09pm
  17. EQUALITY FOR EVERYONE !!! so happy for people in Illinois !!! congratulations !!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:09pm
  18. Rockin’good! It passed the House, a lock for the Illinois State Senate. ..when it passes the Senate, Governor Quinn will sign it & same sex marriage will be the law in Illinois in 2014!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:09pm
  19. Yay! I knew it would happen this year! Awesome!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:09pm
  20. Yeah!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:10pm
  21. Congratulations to the Land of Lincoln!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:10pm
  22. Yay! Congratulations Illinois from CA

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:10pm
  23. 30% of the nation has legalized #samesexmarriage. can we get 32% with #Hawaii ? #congratsIllinois !

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:10pm
  24. This is especially awesome since I live in Illinois :D

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:10pm
  25. One mopre state

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:10pm
  26. It’s about time…we are the 21st century? Equality 4 all & everywhere..damn right!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:10pm
  27. awesome !!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:10pm
  28. So sad that we still have to fight for rights that seem pretty basic to most people, such as marrying the person you love.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:11pm
  29. Awesome now Virginia needs to allow it

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:11pm
  30. Its about time Chitown

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:12pm
  31. Congratulations from France and many kissezzzzzzzzz

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:12pm
  32. Merci, M. l'Abdéritain!

    Replied on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:38pm
  33. congratulations from israel :) really i'm so happy that more and more states of the US start to legalize gay marriage !hopefully one day the US supreme court will legalize it nationwide and like that the US will be an equality country !!

    Replied on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:50pm
  34. awesomee .. now texas has to allow it to (: who’s with me…?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:14pm
  35. Oyeah

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:14pm
  36. Yeah! Illinois rocks!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:15pm
  37. YESSSSS!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:15pm
  38. Sooner – State Of Oklahoma Needs Equal Rights

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:17pm
  39. Yipeee!!’

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:21pm
  40. Fantastic. Congs X

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:24pm
  41. Awesome!! Congrats!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:24pm
  42. Love for all and equality for all!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:28pm
  43. Congratulations!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:29pm
  44. Finally number 15 and with HI poise to become 16 and NM 17 that would mean 8 states in just one year amazing.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:30pm
  45. This is incredible!!! Hooray for Illinois!!! Equality- Fairness!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:31pm
  46. awesome. congrats from portugal

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:34pm
  47. Welcome to the 21st Century Illinois!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:36pm
  48. Hurray!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:39pm
  49. Good.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:41pm
  50. Yuppie!:-)

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:43pm
  51. Way To Go Illinois!!
    15 States + and counting!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:46pm
  52. Local Legislators Poe, Bomke, Schock (which is truly shocking considering HIS closeted orientation) and Davis. I’ll never know cuz you don’t have the transparency nor guts to tell me, but I’d love to know what you truly think of this vote. Happy, cuz now it won’t come up anymore? Happy cuz you don’t have to be revealed as the haters you are anymore? Happy, that you don’t have to continue to vote closed-minded for your mean and/or misguided citizens Or sad, that you truly think God was asking you to discriminate?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:50pm
  53. why cant texas legalize same sex marriage?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:51pm
  54. the same reason why Pennsylvania wont... republicans in charge

    Replied on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:52pm
  55. Its coming, just hold tight

    Replied on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:59pm
  56. It's religion more than politics, period.

    Replied on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:59pm
  57. the more states that legalize, I bet the more likely Obama will grow a pair, and push for a federal bill to legalize same-sex marriage across the country, then you won't have to worry about those silly Republicans :)

    Replied on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:38am
  58. Because narrow minded republicans run that state! But Don't worry it seems state after state is following the lead. It will come :D

    Replied on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 4:20am
  59. Too close for comfort… 61 to 54.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:51pm
  60. As long as it goes through, and it did.

    Replied on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:56pm
  61. yEa!!! Lets make Hawaii #16

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:51pm
  62. thats so stupid theres nothing wrong with same sex marriage

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:53pm
  63. Thank you Mr Greg Harris im crying happy tears

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:54pm
  64. Good

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:55pm
  65. Yes!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:56pm
  66. I think the debate over this bill was the inclusions of exceptions for religious people and shit like that.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:57pm
  67. Why cant Indiana just leagalize it?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:57pm
  68. legalize*

    Replied on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:06pm
  69. my bad

    Replied on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:08pm
  70. Marriage Equality will exist everywhere soon. Let’s keep fighting.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:59pm
  71. it was voted for, it passed, end of story, we don’t’ need an overpaid figurehead to sign it with a $5000 pen. And while i’m at, so 2 people love each other, choose to get married and we HAVE to make it legal at all? SAD.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:59pm
  72. Its because it is a legal contract that confers specific legal rights. Of course it has to be legalized. The same goes for the separation of powers in the signing by the head of the executive branch.

    Replied on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:56pm
  73. Alabama will be the last state to legalize same sex marriage I swear.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 10:59pm
  74. ya

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:00pm
  75. YAY!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:01pm
  76. Good, now send a letter to the President of the Hawaiian Policemen’s Union. Look up his statement on LGBTQNATION. He has the brain of less than a neanderthal, less than neanderplethicus, less than a cockroach!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:01pm
  77. How embarrassed they will be years from now, those who voted against love and equality, when their grandchildren see what they did.

    Congratulations, Illinois!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:01pm
  78. Fiftee

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:04pm
  79. Louisiana will be the last state to legalize same sex marriage.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:05pm
  80. why?

    Replied on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:06pm
  81. yyyyyeeessss!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:05pm
  82. Hecccck yes.(:

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:05pm
  83. Fuck Yeah!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:06pm
  84. Hannah Rezac

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:06pm
  85. yessssssssssssss

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:07pm
  86. #WINNING !!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:07pm
  87. Bout damn time!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:07pm
  88. Yea !!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:08pm
  89. Finally. This should have been done years ago

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:08pm
  90. Welcome to 2013! Congrats from Toronto!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:08pm
  91. Why what? Macky Monster

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:09pm
  92. Marriage for all!!!!!! about time. Proud to be a part of this great moment!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:09pm
  93. Wahoooo!! Congrats! Sad though that it has to “become” a law and not just be common acceptance. Few more states to go… let’s do this! ☆☆

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:09pm
  94. YAY!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:10pm
  95. Oh Hell yeah!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:10pm
  96. Bishop Steven Hall will be honored to marry anyone I Support Same Sex Marriage in ILLINOIS, Weddings by Bishop Steve Hall

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:12pm
  97. Another well done to America!hopefully Ireland will follow your lead :)

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:12pm
  98. Louisiana won’t event allow us to file our taxes jointly even If married in another state.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:13pm
  99. Amen finally breaking through the walls of closemindness

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:13pm
  100. Please let it be legal in Missouri next

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:14pm
  101. 2013 the gayest year in history!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:15pm
  102. LOL! Let's hope next year is even gayer, we've got lots of states to go yet.

    Replied on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:51pm
  103. God help Ohio.

    Replied on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:16am
  104. 2000's the gays century, yet!!

    Replied on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7:33am
  105. Actually, the Washington Post says it has to go back to the Senate for a formal vote, but it’s already passed there once. Then it’s on to the Governor It should take effect in June.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:15pm
  106. You do not know how ecstatic I am about this! I’m so happy my home state has finally legalized gay marriage

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:15pm
  107. Jackie Brown

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:17pm
  108. Love to see this !

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:21pm
  109. Perhaps our Wisconsin elects will feel the pressure a s not want to be behind da Bears again! Lol

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:22pm
  110. That’s wonderful! Couldn’t be happier!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:22pm
  111. Come on Oregon…let’s pass it here!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:23pm
  112. Amen

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:25pm
  113. Yeah for them…when the FUCK is the PRESIDENT going to stop this crap….Either make it legal or DONT but this state by state BS is just that BS

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:27pm
  114. I could NOT be happier!! My son, who lives in Chicago, now has the “equal right” to marry the man of his dreams! Thank you IL…

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:27pm
  115. And the 10,000,000 other people living outside of Chicago.

    Replied on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 4:02am
  116. lol James. Exactly. NYC is 8.4 million. The rest of New York State is like 11 million lol...

    Replied on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 5:02am
  117. Really a shame that theres 21 nays! Shame on you!
    From Denmark.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:27pm
  118. Keep the momentum going! I am beyond thrilled we have come this far in my lifetime!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:33pm
  119. Wait. How did this happen. Isn’t Illinois pretty conservative?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:33pm
  120. It’s an abomination to the Lord our God whom we will all have to answer to in the future…

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:33pm
  121. Amber– Utah will be last, but Louisiana will be 49th :(

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:34pm
  122. Thats awesome. More progress towards marriage equality. This is a great day. I figured they would pass it. Gov Pat Quinn, is going to sign it

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:34pm
  123. God loves everyone!!! He made as all and why would he create something if he hated it?

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:35pm
  124. Evade lol when I answer to god in the future he’ll be hey Sarah nice work on finding happiness and I’m glad u over came stupid narrow minded idiots. Welcome to my gates come on in

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:36pm
  125. Great news! Congratulations from England.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:37pm
  126. And Wisconsin is still in the stone ages

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:39pm
  127. @evadeil tangquist …Vile voices claim to speak for a “god”that they say brings hurricanes and earthquakes, illness and catastrophe upon this Country because of Love between two people of the same gender, When will their”god” bring violence against, divorce, greed, murder, child abuse, promiscuity gossip, dishonesty, incest, theft, idol worship/capitalism, genocide, and apathy? radical right bigotry is indicative of the hypocrisy of their religious thinking and its failure to follow the true mission and teachings of Christ. Their obsession with sex is a sexual disease transmitted by ignorance, bigotry and prejudice and in their attempt to force their beliefs on society with unconstitutional laws through the “purchased ” power of politics that has become their idol and single creed has alienated the multitudes searching for truth, love and reconciliation in the Lords good news they have brought shame upon the church. Love has been substituted with fear. Woe to those white washed tombs and broad of vipers with hearts like old wine skins ready to burst and you won’t see the truth in Scripture just like the Pharisees, your eyes are veiled with bigotry, prejudice, self righteousness and superficial teachings and tradition. their minds and hearts must open and remove the veil of law, and Then seek freedom and truth with contextual, linguistic and historical understanding of the Hebrew Torah and New Testament allowing the spirt to guide you. Their judgement of others is meaningless, we each will stand before God and be judged for what we thought we did in his name but did for ourselves, the omissions of our life and our intentional transgressions and especially the lack of love in our hearts and Jesus will be standing there with us. Each of us must sincerely work out our own salvation, please don’t worry about mine I am sure you have enough to think about within your own life.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:41pm
  128. Come on Virginia

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:42pm
  129. Marriage is a civil contract therefore a civil right. Your Church has a right to marry or not marry “ceremonially” whoever you want and you have a right to your beliefs no matter what they are. When you decide not to respect or even permit the rest us our civil rights or beliefs you have crossed the line and will be met with an army of freedom fighters and they shall prevail. Bigotry, hate and prejudice especially disguised in religious rhetoric always fails when confronted with “truth and love” you will fail in your misplaced passion that should have been devoted to the Gospel`

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:43pm
  130. Come on NC

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:45pm
  131. AWESOME!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:48pm
  132. I see Oberweis voted no. So glad I stopped going to their ice cream parlors long ago.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:50pm
  133. yaya

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:54pm
  134. congraulations everyone in illinois…you’ll be better off by this action. kudos to the brave legislators who are on our side!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11:58pm
  135. Rock it out….our new anthem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtXFfizk5nE

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:02am
  136. AWESOME!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:12am
  137. YEAH!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:23am
  138. My area Rep. Bivens voted no. Good to know.
    Thank you to all who voted yes for equality. #loveislove

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:23am
  139. Hear hear!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:26am
  140. Why cant Alabama do this it seems like we’re the LAST state that does anything

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:38am
  141. AWESOME!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:42am
  142. Come on Arkansas….

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:46am
  143. Weeeeee!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 1:10am
  144. Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 1:10am
  145. Yay IL! Come on Michigan!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 1:22am
  146. Yes..awesome…

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 1:25am
  147. So sad there were still so many no’s…. I will save this image to remind myself who deserves my vote next time!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 1:35am
  148. Please legalize same sex marriage in Georgia!!! But hell I’m proud but jealous at the same time because I was BORN in Illinois and lived there too!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 1:45am
  149. This is good.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 2:09am
  150. woooop……..wooooop

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 2:12am
  151. At long last. I have tears in my eyes but they are tears of joy.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 2:37am
  152. awesome

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 3:11am
  153. Hurray! ^_^

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 3:14am
  154. @ Bonnie Braida figured he would but yes it is good to know!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 3:24am
  155. Kinda nice to be recognized as human!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 4:01am
  156. Awesome to see this happening more and more across the country. It’s LONG overdue. Sadly I think my home state of Texas will be one of the last to get its head out of its ass on this issue.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 4:06am
  157. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 4:18am
  158. Proud of my home state!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 4:26am
  159. Proud to be an Illinoisan!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 4:28am
  160. Makes me want to move back to Chicago

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 6:01am
  161. vote the nays out

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 6:57am
  162. YAY!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7:04am
  163. Congratulations Illinois!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7:52am
  164. Well I’m given my state a big shout out. My wife and I did a civil union back in June and I am proud that we’re coming of age. So yes we are now in the 21st century. And no matter how conservative people think we are we really are not. But on the better not damn it legalized gay and lesbian is here and I personally can’t wait.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8:32am
  165. Let’s get this legal in SC! Everywhere!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 9:03am
  166. You’ve always been human to me Ken….happy for you.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 9:57am
  167. Good job!!

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:15pm
  168. Way to go Illinois

    Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 2:30pm