Illinois passes marriage equality
Tue Nov 5 2013
Senate Bill 10, the marriage equality bill that was passed by the Illinois State Senate last February, was finally brought to a vote in the General Assembly today in Springfield, and it passed by a margin of 61-54. It now will go back to the senate for reapproval and then to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, who was on the floor for the vote this afternoon and has promised to sign the bill into law. It will go into effect on June 1, 2014, making Illinois the 15th state to offer full marriage to same-sex couples.
The road to marriage equality in Illinois has been a long one, through the initial, successful battle for civil unions to the SB-10's chief sponsor in the Assembly, Rep. Greg Harris, tearfully announcing on May 31 to a chamber whose galleries were packed with marriage equality supporters that he wouldn't call the bill before the end of the spring session for lack of votes. As we gear up to celebrate—the Gay Liberation Network has announced a rally on Thursday at 7pm at Halsted and Roscoe in Boystown, though we imagine there'll be plenty of informal jubilation there tonight—here's a look back at some of our coverage.
UPDATE: Sidetrack says it will host leading supporters of the bill for a champagne toast tonight between 8 and 9pm.
June 1, 2011: Civil unions take effect; while we celebrated with 30 couples in a mass ceremony in Millennium Park, we were already arguing for more, and profiled three couples who said "no thanks" to anything less than full marriage
February 8, 2012: Reps. Harris, Deb Mell and Kelly Cassidy reintroduce a marriage bill
May 30, 2012: 16 Illinois couples sue for marriage equality
January 10, 2013: We declare victory in the culture wars. We were just a little early.