Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday promised passage of a gay marriage bill in his State of the State address.

“Marriage equality is coming to Illinois,” Quinn told lawmakers.

“Our Illinois is not a land of discrimination,” he said. “Four years ago, nobody thought civil unions would be possible here. Today, civil unions are the law of our state. Nearly 5,200 couples across 94 counties have joined in a civil union.”

“Now, it's time to take that next step in achieving full equality.”

Quinn thanked Senator Heather Steans and Representative Greg Harris, the chief sponsors of a marriage equality bill, before adding, “Let's pass this bill for marriage equality.”

The measure cleared its first legislative hurdle on Tuesday, clearing a Senate committee panel. The full Senate is expected to take up the bill on Valentine's Day. The chamber's president, John Cullerton, has said he believes the bill has the 30 votes needed to get through the Senate and reach the House.

Other governors who have referenced gay rights in their inaugural speeches include Delaware's Jack Markell and Colorado's John Hickenlooper.