The stage is now set for a historic vote in the Illinois Senate next week on a bill to legalize gay marriage in the state.
The measure passed a Senate committee Tuesday.
It also passed a committee last month but could not get enough votes to win full Senate approval.
Now the bill’s sponsor says she has the votes to pass it, after the bill was amended to make clear that churches would not be required to accommodate same-sex ceremonies.
That bill could be called for a vote in the full Senate next Thursday… Valentine’s Day.