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Illinois approves gay marriage

A scene from the 2013 Chicago Pride Parade. (Creative Commons photo courtesy of

A scene from the 2013 Chicago Pride Parade. (Creative Commons photo courtesy of

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.

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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