The Illinois House has approved legislation that will legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The measure received 61 votes, one more than was needed for passage.
The bill passed the Senate earlier this year, but was not called for a House vote in the spring session because supporters did not have the votes. That changed in the fall veto session, after the bill was slightly modified to remove the immediate effective date, and to clarify that private halls related to church groups... such as Knights of Columbus facilities... would not be required to host same-sex weddings or receptions.
Because of those changes, the measure now goes back to the Senate for concurrence. From there, it will go to Governor Pat Quinn, who says he will sign it into law. The measure won't take effect until next summer.
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