Illinois’s Senate Executive Committee will vote on a marriage equality bill at a hearing today at 1pm CST.
The bill is expected to pass through the committee on party lines and it has strong support from other legislators, starting from back when Illinois started talking about marriage equality several months ago.
The committee is composed of 10 Democrats and five Republicans. Victory in the committee will then move the bill to a full Senate vote, which Senate President John Cullerton said last week will be Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.
“I think the votes are there and it will pop out of committee and then the following week we hope to have a full Senate vote,” Garcia said.
The bill needs at least 30 votes in the Senate and 60 votes in the House before it can move to the desk of Governor Pat Quinn, who said he will immediately sign it into law.
Potential best Valentine’s Day present ever. Come on, Illinois. Make it happen.