No official word yet on when Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will sign a bill allowing same-sex marriage after the Illinois House narrowly approved the measure on Tuesday. The bill has already cleared the Illinois Senate. But Quinn has long said he supports the measure, meaning Illinois will become the 15th state to legalize gay marriage.
The Illinois Senate originally passed the bill back on Valentine's Day but the effective date has been changed to June first of next year. Locally, Democrat Jay Hoffman of Belleville supported the measure, while Democrats Dan Beiser of Alton, Jerry Costello, II of Smithton, Eddie Lee Jackson of East St. Louis and Republicans C.D. Davidsmeyer of Jacksonville, Charlie Meier of Highland, Wayne Rosenthal of Litchfield, and Dwight Kay of Glen Carbon all voted against the bill. The measure passed the Illinois House with one vote to spare, 61-54.