Ill. Senate sends valentine to same-sex couples

The Illinois Senate yesterday passed a marriage equality bill, sending the measure to the House and moving the state closer to becoming the 10th to grant same-sex couples the right to marry. "Martin Luther King once said, 'The moral arc of the universe is long, but it always bends toward justice.' And today, we have an opportunity, each and every one of us, to put our hands on that arc and bend it toward what's fair and what's right," Sen. Toi Hutchinson said during the debate on the bill. Senators opposed to the measure argued that marriage equality is not supported in the Bible, and warned businesses would have to close if they refused to serve same-sex couples. Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged to sign the legislation if it reaches his desk.

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