A bill which seeks to legalize gay marriage in Illinois will face its first hurdle in the House on Tuesday.

The 11-member House Executive Committee will hear the bill when it convenes Tuesday, February 26 at 3PM.

“The momentum is on the side of the freedom to marry,” Bernard Cherkasov, CEO Of Equality Illinois told ChicagoPride.com. “And lawmakers realize that a clear majority of Illinoisans want the representatives to vote in favor of the marriage bill. After searching their conscience, lawmakers should ask themselves how their vote will be remembered by their children, grandchildren, and constituents – not just tomorrow but also two or five years from now.”

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.

Democratic Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth told Peoria CBS affiliate WMBD that she believes the bill will clear the House.

“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 bill which became law two years ago.

(Related: Support for gay marriage increases in Illinois.)