Just minutes ago despite the droning, whining and gnashing of teeth by anti-gay religious groups Illinois Senate committee passed the states pending Same Sex Marriage Bil out of its committee by an 8-5 vote and now will go on to be voted upon by the by the full Illinois Chamber.
Also marriage equality bills were introduced today in both the Rhode Island House and Senate. The identical bills were sponsored by Rep. Arthur Handy, D-Cranston, (House bill 5015) and Sen. Donna Nesselbush, D-Pawtucket. Handy said 42 of 75 House members had signed on as cosponsors, while Nesselbush said 11 of 38 Senate members had signed on as of 4:50 p.m. The bills would define marriage as the “legally recognized union” of two people