This just in – after hours of sometimes acrimonious testimony, the marriage equality bill has passed the House Executive Committee, setting it up for a full House vote soon. LGBTQ Nation reports:
The Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, was approved by the House Executive Committee moments ago by a vote of 6-5. A vote on the measure was expected by mid-afternoon, but a fiery debate over concealed weapons in the House floor lasting more than six hours delayed the committee’s action. The committee heard from five witnesses testifying support of the bill, including two Chicago faith leaders. Among them, Rev. Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, testified that he believes in the separation of church and state, meaning, “We are called upon to live our faith, not legislate our faith.”
No word yet when the full House vote will happen. Governor Quinn has promised to sign it.