Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed legislation that will make Illinois the 16th state in the nation to allow same-sex marriages.
In a news release issued at www.illinois.gov, Quinn called the new law “an epic victory for equal rights in America.”
“Illinois is moving forward,” Quinn said. “We are a model for our country. If the Land of Lincoln can achieve marriage equality, so can every other state in the nation.”
The law takes effect June 1, 2014.
Earlier this month, the state House voted 61-54 to approve Senate Bill 10, known as the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. The measure moved to the Senate, which voted 34-21 in favor of it, sending the bill to the governor.
Most local lawmakers had voted against the measure, including State Rep. Tim Schmitz, R-Batavia; State Rep. Robert Pritchard, R-Hinckley; and State Rep. Kay Hatcher, R-Yorkville.
State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora, voted in favor of the bill. State Rep. Mike Fortner, R-West Chicago, was absent.
State Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, and State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, both voted against the bill when it went back to the Senate. State Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, voted yes.