SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would legalize marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Prior to the vote, state Sen. Martin Sandoval (D) stood in favor of the measure to declare, “It’s a new day in the state of Illinois.”
The bill passed by a vote of 34 in favor, 21 opposed.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), called it “a vote for the history books.”
“We have the opportunity today to welcome all families in Illinois as equally valued,” she said. Read more »