Lawmakers approve gay marriage in Illinois

Illinois lawmakers  today passed the bill to approve gay marriage in the state, clearing the way for Illinois to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex unions.
The state senate passed the measure last Valentine’s Day, but the votes haven’t been there for the sponsor of Illinois’ gay marriage bill to even call it for a vote in the house.  Until today, where it passed before clearing the senate for the  second time.

The bill got 61 votes in the House, the bare minimum needed to send it to the senate, then on to Governor Quinn, who’s promised to quickly sign it.

President Obama issued a statement after the vote saying,  “Tonight, I applaud the men and women of the Illinois General Assembly…As I said in my Inaugural Address last January, our journey as a nation is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

Mayor Emanuel also issued a statement saying, “Today is a critical moment in history for Illinois and for the entire LGBT movement. Finally, gays and lesbians across our state are guaranteed the fundamental right to marry, and countless couples with children will be acknowledged for what they are under the law – families just like everyone else.”

Opponents are promising an quick challenge of the new law in the courts.

During the debate in Springfield, In arguing against gay marriage, Republican Rep. Dwight Kay of Downstate Glen Carbon told fellow lawmakers the nation was built on the bedrock of Biblical scriptures before the U.S. Constitution came along.

Kay called on lawmakers to “stick by” their convictions rather than walk away for the “expediency of the moment.”

“You shouldn’t deny your own experience or your own conviction,” Kay said. “My conviction happens to be that this (gay marriage) is wrong, but my conviction is that scripture is right.”

-Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

 

 

15 comments

  • Chris

    This is a huge victory for equality in Illinois! I am so proud that our state politicians chose to be on the right side of history!!

    • Logical

      What about a heterosexual woman with ovarian cancer? Or a heterosexual male with testicular cancer? Are they not eligible for marriage? Perhaps they should only be allowed a domestic partnership, since marriage is only for the purpose of producing children – but then again, human physiology does not require that two people be in any form of relationship in order to produce a fetus. There are countless causes for infertility in heterosexual couples as well. Please feel free to explain your point further, because I am afraid it does not make any logical sense.

  • jim

    Leviticus 20:13 And if a man lie with mankind, as with womankind, both of them have committed abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

    • Logical

      Don't you crazy Christian people ever get tired of your own empty rhetoric lol…I mean seriously, the fact that you actually believe that is laughable. Congrats, you can quote an ancient book of stories that has been translated and interpreted so many times that it probably doesn't even resemble the real thing anymore (if it was ever truly written).

      • Mike Payne

        It is N O T "my wish" — I was simply quoting The Bible – Chapter & Verse JUST LIKE YOU DO ( I am N O T a Religious person — but I do understand using Religious Tenets just like others do ).

        jim was quoting The Bible, and I was also in response.

        THE PROBLEM is that you L I K E the Bible Chapters jim quoted — BUT you want to act like the Chapters I quoted don't exist !

        AND was I CORRECT or INCORRECT ? ?

      • Logical

        Has your wife, daughter, mother, or any female you know spoken today? If so, then the bible has a problem with you.

        1 Timothy 2:11 – 12
        "A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet."

    • Logical

      Except the majority of the members of the homosexual community are American citizens who pay taxes. If they are not able to have full, equal rights then we should give them a tax break because they cannot receive all of the benefits that a heterosexual tax payer can. I beg you to please think about your argument before you blurt out empty rhetoric and conservative talking points.

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