The Illinois House could vote on a gay marriage bill as early as this week.

Peoria, Illinois CBS affiliate WMBD reported that the debate will begin Wednesday.

The measure which seeks to make Illinois the 10th state to legalize marriage equality cleared the Senate last Thursday, Valentine's Day, with a 34-21 vote.

“I think that it's an issue that certainly evolves over time and with each generation this becomes less and less a controversial issue,” said Senator Dave Koehler, a Democrat and a co-sponsor of the measure.

Democratic Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth added that she believes the bill will clear the chamber.

“I do believe that the bill will pass because the sponsor made it very clear that he would not call the bill if he didn't have the votes and I think it's going to pass with some bipartisanship as well,” Gordon-Booth said.

The sponsor Gordon-Booth was referring to is Rep. Greg Harris of Chicago. Harris was also the House champion of a civil unions bills which became law two years ago.

On Monday, the Chicago Tribune urged House members to approve the bill.