February 20, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Ill. House committee schedules gay marriage vote

Greg Harris, gay news, Washington Blade

Gay state Rep. Greg Harris sponsored the same-sex marriage bill in the House. (Photo by Leah Jones via Wikimedia)

The Illinois House Executive Committee on Feb. 26 will vote on a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in the state.

The hearing will take place less than two weeks after the state Senate approved the measure by a 34-21 margin.

President Obama, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Illinois Republican Party Chair Pat Brady are among those who had urged legislators to support the bill. Governor Pat Quinn said he will sign it into law if it reaches his desk.

“Illinois has a role in the civil rights movement and has been consistently on the forefront of ensuring equal rights for all people throughout history,” his spokesperson, Brooke Anderson, told the Washington Blade after the state Senate approved the bill. “We just think it’s the next step in achieving equality for all. Gov. Quinn believes it’s the right thing to do.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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