Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a
Democrat, on Monday told reporters that a gay marriage bill is “very
close” to passage in the state House.
The bill, which seeks to make Illinois
the 10th state to legalize such unions, awaits a vote in
the House after passage in the Senate.
Passage in the House requires 60 votes.
Quinn did not announce a vote count, but he said “we're going to
get it done.” He added that he's reached out to legislators to
support the measure.
Lawmakers returned to Springfield on
Monday after a two-week break.
On Sunday, Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. became
the second Republican after Rep. Ron Sandack to endorse the measure.
Sullivan, who previously opposed civil
unions, told the Chicago Tribune that his mother-in-law is
“The first reaction from people might
be, 'Well he might be voting for that just because of his
said. “The reality is, because my mother-in-law is gay, I have
more of an understanding and familiarity with same-sex couples.”