The Marriage Equality Amendment passed out of committee in the Illinois senate tonight.
The measure would legalize same sex marriage in Illinois. It passed with an 8 to 5 vote, and now heads to the full senate floor.
A rally in support of marriage equality is planned for Saturday at noon outside the Thompson center.
Cook County Clerk David Orr today issued a statement about the legislation that reads in part, “I look forward to quick passage, and to issuing marriage licenses in 2013 to all couples who wish to marry – whether they are gay or straight.”
Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George is urging Catholics to speak out against a same-sex marriage bill.
He wrote a letter asking parishioners to call their state legislators and voice opposition to the legislation.
Cardinal George says civil laws that establish same-sex marriage create a “legal fiction,” and that the state does not have the power to create something that nature itself says is impossible.