A day after the Illinois Legislature approved a bill that recognizes gay and lesbian couples with civil unions, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is urging the state to legalize gay marriage.

House members approved openly gay state Representative Greg Harris' bill on Tuesday and senators agreed on Wednesday. The measure now heads to the desk of Governor Pat Quinn, who has previously pledged to sign it into law.

Only one other state, New Jersey, currently offers the union, but Hawaii lawmakers are likely to revisit the issue early next year.

“Finally, they [state lawmakers] realized they should have the same rights under state law,” Daley told the Chicago Sun-Times. “But eventually, [gay] marriage will take place. It has to … We have to move faster.”
“These are great citizens,” he added. “They're a tremendous resource for us in our great city. I'm very proud of the relationship that I had with them over many years. And it's really important for us to move forward. These are people [who] have families. These are people [who] work in every sector of our society. They should not be discriminated against in any way whatsoever.”

Daley went on to urge Quinn to sign the bill “as quickly as possible.”