BREAKING: Illinois House passes gay marriage bill
Illinois will become the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Today, 61 votes (one more than the minimum) were in favor of the bill. Gov. Pat Quinn previously said if the bill reached his desk, he would pass it.
The house followed the vote with more than two and a half hours of debate. Supporters of the bill said it is time to make marriage equal for everybody in Illinois. Those not in favor of the bill referred to the bibles definition of marriage.
This isn't the first time lawmakers have tried to pass this law however. Illinois once appeared to be poised to become the first midwestern state to approve gay marriage. After stalls in court, it was Minnesota first approved the bill to allow members of the same sex to join hand in marriage.
Illinois now joins fourteen states, plus Washington D.C. to allow same sex marriage. Most recently, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Rhode Island have allowed it.