Patch Flash: IL Senate Says Yes to Gay Marriage Bill

Same-sex marriage bill proceeds to the House for a vote.

Illinois gay and lesbian couples received a Valentine’s Day gift from the Illinois Senate. The Democrat-led Senate passed legislation, in a 34-21-2 vote, this afternoon that would allow same-sex marriages in Illinois, according to Huffington Post.

The gay marriage bill now goes to the House.

If it is signed into law, marriage officially would be changed in state law from an act between a man and a woman to two people. The legislation says nothing in the proposed law would force a religious denomination or minster to “solemnize any marriage,” according to the Chicago Tribune.  

If the bill is also approved by the state House of Representatives, Illinois will join Washington, D.C. and nine other U.S. marriage equality states, according to the Huffington Post. Illinois has had civil unions available for same-sex couples since June 2011.

Just Sayin February 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Sully...you've got your second, third and fourth.
Mr Tibbs February 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM
McCloud, your statement is quite similar to me saying "I wish conservatives would stop killing black people" or "I wish Republicans would stop beating their wives". you try to link a behavior to an entire group of people that are not as homogeneous as you portray them. Usually, statements like this are the result of ignorance, fear and a lack of actual facts. and Dan, again with the Sharia law? is there evidence or facts you wish to enter into the discussion or just trying to spook the uneducated masses?
BAN SULLY AND RB February 18, 2013 at 11:55 PM
I nominate Sully & RB as the most offensive posters on this rag! OK now we can move on.
Just Sayin February 19, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Geez RB...and here I was trying to forget about that peach.
McCloud February 19, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Remember - "We will not raise taxes on the middle class", or "Obamacare will not fund abortions", or "We need to pass this stimulus bill right away so unemployment can dip to 5%". or "Passing Obamacare will save your family over $2,000 each year". Now it's "We don't want your guns" and "We don't have a spending problem." Santa Claus brings presents and lies to DC.
millie February 19, 2013 at 12:23 AM
I didn't see anything about Guns, Obamacare or Taxes in this bill
millie February 19, 2013 at 12:25 AM
@Oliver P. McCracken you mean foot tapping Larry
jim February 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM
@McCloud fees for license and party already got it planned
Nightcrawler February 19, 2013 at 01:09 AM
You're not kidding. For sheer lunacy, this is the thread that keeps on giving.
Just Sayin February 19, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Millie...McClown sees guns, Obamacare and taxes in everything...including the stars in the night sky.
Just Sayin February 19, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Oh yeah...well I nominate Sully and RB the two more intelligent posters on this rag. Go bite yourself.
jkerr February 19, 2013 at 07:44 AM
I'd say the gay room mate was the lucky one. He didn't have to live with your son and put up with intolerance and bigotry.
jkerr February 19, 2013 at 07:45 AM
How uncomfortable having a bigoted roommate.
jkerr February 19, 2013 at 07:52 AM
Allowing same-sex couples to wed under the law would not devalue traditional marriage. It would affirm the bedrock values that underlie and sustain such unions. Marriage promotes stable families, safeguards the interests of children and rewards committed relationships. Recognizing same-sex marriages demonstrates respect for personal freedoms and keeps government out of the intimate affairs of citizens. More people in same-sex relationships are adopting or giving birth to children; this provides the security of a legal commitment for those children. It's the fair thing to do. -- Chicago Tribune 2/18/13
Vicky Kujawa February 19, 2013 at 11:12 AM
Amen, Dan!
Vicky Kujawa February 19, 2013 at 11:20 AM
"I now pronounce you man and wife."........from Wikipedia: A wife is a female lifetime partner in a continuing marital relationship. So in a 'gay marriage' which dude gets to be the female? Do they flip a coin? With this sh* thole of a state in the worst financial and moral decadence that it's ever been in, this is what our 'leaders' are most concerned with? No wonder people are moving away in droves!
Vicky Kujawa February 19, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Look at the bright side: at least illegals will have a bigger pool of people that they can marry for a green card.
jkerr February 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Don't forget to shut the door when you leave. This kind of ignorance is a detriment to our society.
RB February 19, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Oh, now Vicki chimes in again. The Trifecta of ignorance is complete. She also wants 14 year old rape victims charged with murder if they have an abortion.
McCloud February 19, 2013 at 01:14 PM
There you go again with the abortion issue. Is there a wave of pregnant rape victims out there? Obscure at best, but enough for liberals to use to justify murder.
Just Sayin February 19, 2013 at 01:26 PM
RB..."Oh, now Vicki chimes in again. The Trifecta of ignorance is complete". LOL... truer words were never typed.
Just Sayin February 19, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Wow... I am surprised McClown did not include in his comment that Obama is personally responsible for all women being raped since the beginning of time. He must be giving the custom 'Obama' key on his keyboard a break. Or...the next few hours will tell if the key has been broken from over use.
McCloud February 19, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Actually when Obama was a senator he sponsored a bill that mandated doctors to turn their back on a botched abortion, a new born baby gasping for life. He probably should a strangle clause into the bill, as this would be more humane, you know, like putting a struggling bug out of it's misery.
millie February 19, 2013 at 01:57 PM
@McCloud Illinois or US Senate. did you check your facts? This the Huckabee story?
Lou February 19, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Homosexuals have possessed marriage rights for years in Illinois. What? You're kidding! Don't believe me? Couldn't a gay guy marry a lesbian woman?
McCloud February 19, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Are you saying this is not true?
millie February 19, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Brian L. February 19, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Clever Lou, clever.
Just Sayin February 19, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Dan Arenov...If that's your real name. You call me a whack job and you turn around and ask others to be " civil with people you disagree with". Then you have the audacity to call RB and myself hypocritical ? LOL. Like I suggested up north...you need to take a good long G damn look in the mirror bud.
Claudia Lenart (Editor) February 19, 2013 at 04:16 PM
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