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Illinois Gay Marriage Bill Passes Committee, Goes On for House Vote

Executive Committee members voted largely along party lines Tuesday night.

By Shannon Antinori

Members of the Illinois House Executive Committee voted 6-5 Tuesday night to advance the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.

Senate Bill 10 was approved by State Senators on Valentine’s Day. It now heads for a full vote by the House of Representatives.

On Tuesday night, committee members voted along party lines, with Democrats supporting the marriage fairness act and Republicans voting against the measure, save for one exception, according to the Huffington Post. Democrat Eddie Lee Jackson Sr. of East St. Louis voted against the bill.

No definite date has been set for a full House vote on the bill. 

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