Nation & World News

Illinois House Approves Bill Paving Way For Gay Marriage

By Eyder Peralta on November 6th, 2013

With the approval of the Statehouse, same-sex marriages are one step away from being legal in Illinois.

The Chicago Tribune reports the bill received 61 votes, just one more than necessary to send the bill to the Senate, which is expected to pass it.

The House was the bill’s biggest hurdle because Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he would sign the bill into law.

The Tribune adds:

“The House vote followed more than two-and-a-half hours of debate in which supporters said it’s time for Illinois to make marriage equal for all and opponents raised concerns about protecting the institution of marriage and the religious beliefs of those who say marriage should be between a man and woman.

“Sponsoring Rep. Greg Harris told colleagues that a series of ‘proud moments and difficult decisions that have brought honor upon the people and the state of Illinois, and we find ourselves at another one of those moments today.'”

The Chicago Sun Times reports those opposed to the bill quoted the Bible. Rep. Tom Morrison said voting against the bill did not mean he was a bigot.

“Everyone’s free to live how they wish, and this state has no interest in interfering with that. But the state does not have an obligation to sanction every form of living arrangement that is demanding a sanction,” he said, according to the Sun Times.

If ultimately successful, Illinois would become the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

A Milwaukee prosecutor says no charges will be filed against a police officer who shot and killed Donte Hamilton in April. Here, Maria Hamilton holds posters used in rallies that vent frustrations about the death of her son.

Milwaukee Prosecutor Won’t Seek Charges In Police Shooting

Officer Christopher Manney was attempting to frisk Dontre Hamilton when he woke up and grabbed the officer’s baton. Manney shot Hamilton 14 times.


Games of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin

Book News: George R.R. Martin Rails Against Sony’s ‘Corporate Cowardice’

The Game of Thrones author has blasted the studio for canceling its release of The Interview, offering to screen the film himself at his own movie theater.


Pope Francis delivers his message during a meeting with cardinals and bishops of the Curia at the Vatican on Monday. The pope said the Curia suffered from "spiritual Alzheimer's"  and careerism.

Pope Francis, At Christmas Gathering, Blasts Vatican’s Bureaucrats

He accused the Curia, which oversees the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, of “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and careerism. Francis has made reforming the Vatican a major part of his agenda.


A supporter of newly elected Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essibsi flashes the V-sign from a car as they celebrate the first results of the Tunisian elections in Sousse, Tunisia.

Tunisian Election Puts Former Regime Figure In Presidency

Nearly four years after the Arab Spring began, Tunisian voters elected Beji Caid Essebsi, a veteran of the country’s autocratic regimes.


People sing as they take part in a prayer vigil at the site where two police officers were shot to death in the Brooklyn borough of New York this weekend.

NYC Police Deaths: Details On Suspect; Rift Between Mayor And Police

New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says tensions in the city are at their worst since the 1970s. He spoke two days after Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and killed two police officers in New York.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments