The Illinois General Assembly today approved a bill that would legally recognize marriage equality in the state in a tight vote today, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The bill garnered 61 votes in the House, barely over the 60 required to move it to the Senate, which also approved it. Supporters said that the bill erases the currently unequal status that homosexuals and lesbians have under current laws, which only allow such couples to enter into civil unions.
Opponents said that bill ignores those in the state who believe for religious reasons that marriage is only between a man and a woman.
Galesburg’s state Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) voted against the measure, The Register-Mail reported.
The bill still needs the approval of Governor Pat Quinn before it becomes law. Quinn has indicated that he will sign the legislation.