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Vote marriage equality expected Valentine's Day morning
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2013-02-13

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Advocates from the state's leading LGBT organizations are headed to Springfield today in anticipation of a Valentine's Day vote on marriage equality tomorrow morning.

Senate Bill 10, which would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois, could face a Senate vote as early as 11:00 a.m., according to LGBT groups.

"I am always very conservative but we are pretty confident that it is going to pass," said Rick Garcia, policy director of The Civil Rights Agenda.

The bill comfortably passed out of the Senate Executive committee last week. LGBT leaders say they are confident about its chances in the Senate tomorrow.

Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois, said that supporters need to continue push their Senators to support measure regardless.

"The stronger we pass it in the Senate, the more momentum we have going into the House," Cherkasov said.

The house is expected to be the more difficult hurdle.

Follow Windy City Times for breaking coverage of the vote.


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