All seven Democratic members of the Illinois House panel considering a gay marriage bill voted in favor of civil unions.

The 11-member House Executive Committee will hear the measure when it convenes Tuesday at 3PM.

While few of the 7 Democrats on the panel have publicly discussed their position on marriage, all voted in 2010 in favor of the state's civil unions law.

Three Republicans on the committee voted against the measure. The fourth, Rep. Joe Sosnowski of Rockford, who was elected to office in 2010, has publicly stated his opposition to marriage equality.

“I believe that the definition of marriage is between one man and one woman, and I do not support any change to that definition,” he said in a statement. “Our legislative time should be spent fixing our horrible budget and creating opportunities for people to work and support their families.”

The measure which seeks to make Illinois the 10th state to legalize marriage equality cleared the Senate on 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 the civil unions bill.