Illinois Senate Executive Committee advances marriage bill

This afternoon, the Illinois Senate Executive Committee voted in favor of advancing a bill that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples across the state. By a vote of 9-5, legislators in the committee stood on the Right Side of History and took the first step toward making Illinois the tenth state to embrace the freedom to marry for all couples.

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How marriage moved forward this week in DE, HI, IL, MN and RI

It's been another big week for the freedom to marry in five key states where we can pass marriage bills in the state legislatures in 2013. Check out some key updates from this week in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, and Rhode Island!

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Illinois Business leaders say the freedom to marry will strengthen IL workforce

On Sunday, dozens of business leaders signed onto a letter endorsing the freedom to marry in Illinois, explaining that ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage would strengthen the workforce and increase economic development across the state.

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Illinois legislature introduces freedom to marry bill on first day of new session

Yesterday was the first day of the 2013 legislative session in Illinois, and IL state Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Greg Harris wasted no time introducing bills to extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in the state. Illinois Unites for Marriage, which includes Freedom to Marry, is working alongside legislators to pass the bill in 2013.

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Illinois marriage bill passes out of Senate Committee, signaling momentum in 2013

Yesterday, the Illinois Senate Executive Committee voted to advance a bill that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in the state. The decision marked the first time that a legislative body in Illinois has ever voted in favor of the freedom to marry, and it signals that momentum is on our side for the next legislative session.

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Marriage in Illinois garners new supporters and an imminent Senate vote

It's a busy week for the freedom in Illinois, which could become the tenth state in the country to approve the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. Diverse groups of people in Illinois are speaking up and standing together for marriage as the state Senate makes moves on the legislation.

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2013 kicks off with big marriage movement in Illinois and Rhode Island

We're just two days in 2013, and already we're seeing big movements on the freedom to marry in key state legislatures for this year. In Illinois, legislators are debating the freedom to marry today, aiming for approval by January 8. And in Rhode Island, advocates are introducing the bill tomorrow.

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Sponsors of marriage bill in Illinois aim for a January vote

Yesterday, two Illinois state legislators said that they will be working hard in the next month to pass the freedom to marry in Illinois. In three weeks, the General Assembly reconvenes, and two lawmakers responsible for sponsoring a freedom to marry bill have said they will push for the approval of the bill soon after the legislative session resumes.

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Chicago mayor calls the freedom to marry in Illinois a priority

Yesterday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago said that he would be pushing hard for a bill in the Illinois legislature that would extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Illinois. He published a letter explaining that "the time is right" for a legislative push for marriage in Illinois,

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New poll in Illinois shows growth in support for the freedom to marry

A new poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University finds that support for the freedom to marry among people in Illinois has grown significantly over the past two years. The institute's data shows that 43.6 percent of respondents said they support marriage for same-sex couples.

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