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Today, the Illinois State Senate voted to pass the legalization of marriage equality (IL SB10) bill, entitled the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, by a 34-21-2-2 score in favor of the good people. The vote is one step closer to making the Land of Lincoln one step closer to legalizing marriage equality in the state.

It's a fine day for sane people; however, the bigots over at the Illinois "Family" Institute and their ilk are mighty pissed off... and that's a good thing when the IFI is mad.


In a historic Valentine's Day vote, the Illinois Senate passed a bill clearing the way for same-sex couples to be legally married in the Land of Lincoln.

The bill was approved by a vote of 34 to 21 Thursday afternoon following a vigorous debate between lawmakers who both supported and opposed the measure. Two lawmakers voted present. Only one Republican -- state Sen. Jason Barickman, of Champaign, joined a supermajority of Democrats in voting yes.

The two present votes were two Democrats: Patricia Van Pelt Watkins, who ran for Chicago Mayor in 2011, and Napoleon Harris, who last month abandoned a campaign for ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat in Congress.

Marriage equality proponents were cautiously confident in their odds heading in to the Thursday vote.

Chicago Tribune:
Democratic Sen. William Haine of Alton, a former state's attorney from Madison County, joined in the criticism of the legislation, calling it a "profound change."

"We are doing it on the basis of emotion and the needs of citizens who actively vote," said Haine. He complained the bill falls short of protecting churches from being forced to engage in what they view as "sacrilegious."

But Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago, called this particular Valentine's Day a "day of celebration," saying support for gay marriage is a decisive action to break down barriers that have prevented some Illinois citizens from getting the justice they deserve.

"The sky is not falling, Chicken Little," Raoul said.

Roll Call Vote on IL SB10:
1    Antonio Muñoz    Democratic    Chicago     Y
2    William Delgado    Democratic    Chicago     Y
3    Mattie Hunter    Democratic    Chicago     Y
4    Kimberly A. Lightford    Democratic    Chicago    Y
5    Patricia Van Pelt Watkins    Democratic    Chicago     P
6    John Cullerton (Senate President)    Democratic    Chicago      Y
7    Heather Steans    Democratic    Chicago      Y
8    Ira Silverstein    Democratic    Chicago     A
9    Daniel Biss    Democratic    Evanston    Y
10    John G. Mulroe    Democratic    Chicago    Y
11    Martin Sandoval    Democratic    Chicago    Y
12    Steven M Landek    Democratic    Bridgeview    Y
13    Kwame Raoul    Democratic    Chicago    Y
14    Emil Jones III    Democratic    Chicago    Y
15    Napoleon Harris    Democratic    Chicago    P
16    Jacqueline Y. Collins    Democratic    Chicago    Y
17    Donne Trotter    Democratic    Chicago    Y
18    William Cunningham    Democratic    Chicago    Y
19    Michael Hastings    Democratic    Orland Township    Y
20    Iris Martínez    Democratic    Chicago    Y
21    Michael Connelly    Republican        N
22    Michael Noland    Democratic    Elgin    Y
23    Tom Cullerton    Democratic    Villa Park    Y
24    Kirk W. Dillard    Republican    Hinsdale    N
25    Jim Oberweis    Republican    Sugar Grove N
26    Dan Duffy    Republican    Lake Barrington    N
27    Matt Murphy    Republican    Palatine    N
28    Dan Kotowski    Democratic    Park Ridge    Y
29    Julie Morrison    Democratic    Deerfield    Y
30    Terry Link    Democratic    Vernon Hills    Y
31    Melinda Bush    Democratic    Grayslake    Y
32    Pamela Althoff    Republican    Crystal Lake    N
33    Karen McConnaughay    Republican    St. Charles    N
34    Steve Stadelman    Democratic    Rockford    Y
35    Dave Syverson    Republican    Rockford    N
36    Mike Jacobs     Democratic    East Moline    Y
37    Darin M. LaHood    Republican    Peoria    N
38    Sue Rezin    Republican    Morris N
39    Don Harmon    Democratic    Oak Park    Y
40    Toi Hutchinson    Democratic    Olympia Fields    Y
41    Christine Radogno (Minority Leader)    Republican    Lemont    N
42    Linda Holmes    Democratic    Aurora    Y
43    Pat McGuire    Democratic    Joliet    Y
44    Bill Brady    Republican    Bloomington     N
45    Tim Bivins    Republican    Dixon    N
46    David Koehler    Democratic    Pekin    Y
47    John M. Sullivan    Democratic    Rushville    N
48    Andy Manar    Democratic    Bunker Hill    Y
49    Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant     Democratic    Shorewood    Y
50    Sam McCann    Republican        N
51    Chapin Rose    Republican    Mahomet    N
52    Mike Frerichs    Democratic    Gifford    Y
53    Jason Barickman    Republican        Y (likely to be primaried from the right over this vote)
54    Kyle McCarter    Republican    Lebanon    N
55    Dale "Mattoon Moron" Righter     Republican    Mattoon    N
56    William R. Haine    Democratic    Alton    N (possible primary target)
57    James Clayborne, Jr. (Majority Leader)    Democratic    Belleville    A
58    David Luechtefeld     Republican    Okawville    N
59    Gary Forby    Democratic    Benton    N
Y = AYE, N = NO, P = Present, A = Abstained from Voting.
Senate Composition: 40-19, Democratic Party.

Democratic (40):
Y: 33
N: 3 (Forby, Haine, Sullivan)
P: 2 (Harris, Van Pelt)
A: 2 (Clayborne, Silverstein)

Republican (19):
Y: 1 (Barickman)
N: 18
P: 0
A: 0

Next Stop: The Illinois House of Representatives.
Projected vote date: as early as the end of February or sometime around March.

If the bill clears the house, it's off to Governor Pat Quinn. He will sign it into law, making Illinois the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Originally posted to JGibson on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 01:12 PM PST.

Also republished by Madison County, Illinois Kossacks and Land of Lincoln Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  This straight, married male... (1+ / 0-)
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    heartily approves!  I've been happily married for thirty-three years, and gay marriage doesn't hurt mine at all.  Why shouldn't my gay colleagues have the same rights I do.

    If you can do me one favor - please export some of your loyal Democratic legislators to us in Ohio, to outvote the Stone-Aged republican majority here.  While you are at it, can we borrow your Governor for a day to sign marriage equality here?

    The Scout Law (trustworthy, loyal, helpful...) is a GREAT liberal manifesto.

    by DaytonMike on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 01:21:50 PM PST

  •  Hurray Illinois! (1+ / 0-)
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    It's sad that Haine was against it, but our newly elected Congressman, Bill Enyart, has the exact same view as Haine.  While they both have some redeeming qualities, I find their position both unenlightened and contradictory to the public good.

    BTW, are there really Kossacks in Madison county?  Where do they hide?

    (I hope I don't get banned or HR'ed for, gasp, using two spaces at the end of my sentences.  Old habits die hard.)

    A persons word used to be their contract, now people use contracts to get out of keeping their word.

    by bitpyr8 on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 01:39:58 PM PST

  •  Yes for Equality! (1+ / 0-)
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    I would love for you to be able to borrow my senators from here in WA State. They are awesome! You can't have them though, we still need them.

    United we the people stand, divided we the people fall.

    by Penny GC on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 03:44:20 PM PST

  •  I love when bigots are angry. (0+ / 0-)

    Stress is bad for your health.

    "A good president does what's possible and a great president changes what's possible." --sterno

    by sk4p on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 08:09:26 PM PST

  •  CORRECTION: I retitled IL SB10 to the (0+ / 0-)

    proper name of the bill: Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act.

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