The Illinois House of Representatives, by a vote of 61 – 52, just passed an amendment to SB 1716, titled the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. The bill will legalize same-sex civil unions in the state.
After the legislation passes in the Senate (and it should), the newly reelected Governor, Pat Quinn, will sign the bill (Opposition to civil unions is one reason the Republican, Bill Brady, lost in November.) Governor Quinn actually showed up at the debate and was recognized.
Background via ChicagoPride.com:
SB 1716, the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act needs 60 votes to pashttp://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=281630668487321358#s in the House. Supporters believe they have the necessary votes to pass the bill out of the House and on to the Senate, where quick passage is expected.
Tuesday afternoon, an Illinois Senate committee advanced its version of the civil unions bill by a 6-2 margin. The upper chamber on the Senate would have to approve the legislation if it clears the House.
The Senate should pass the legislation, possibly as soon as tomorrow.
Congrats, Illinois. You’re creating rights for people.