The Illinois House of Representatives affirmed marriage equality as the law of the land by passing Senate Bill 10 with a vote of 61-54. The bill then went to the state Senate for technical changes where it passed by a margin of 32-21 sending the legislation to the governor's desk where Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has pledged to sign the legislation into law. Brian Silva, Marriage Equality USA Executive Director stated, "I am so proud of the work MEUSA & our partners in the Illinois coalition accomplished! The dedication this summer to redoubling efforts, reevaluating strategy & expanding our work has paid off for thousands of LGBT families in the Land of Lincoln.” Tracy Hollister, MEUSA Program Manager added, “Over the last several weeks, the love & commitment of our National Equality Action Team (NEAT), volunteers & partners across the country gave voice to the support for loving & committed couples in Illinois. We join Illinois in celebrating this victory for love, fairness & for all families!” Illinois becomes the 15th state to pass marriage equality joining California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, the District of Columbia, several counties in New Mexico & six Native American tribal jurisdictions which have all legalized marriage licenses for gay & lesbian couples.
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