Same sex marriage is one step closer to becoming legal in Illinois. Yesterday in Springfield, lawmakers approved a measure to lift a state ban on same sex marriages. Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the bill once it's approved by the House.
The vote followed a passionate debate. Proponents of the legislation said the bill is a momentous step forward for civil rights. But opponents said the law could infringe on the liberties of religious institutions.
State Senator Jason Barickman (R)
"I became directly involved in negotiations on the amendment which I believe preserve religious freedom for those who do not agree with same sex marriage," he said.
The bill now goes to the house where it's expected to be approved and if so Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign it.