The Illinois Senate voted to lift the state's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, sending the measure to the House for approval, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The Democratic-led Senate delivered a Valentine’s Day victory to gay and lesbian couples today, passing legislation for the first time that would allow same-sex marriage in Illinois.
The gay marriage measure now goes to the House, where the fight is expected to be tougher. Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill if it reaches his desk.