#IL4M and #ILequality trend during gay marriage debate

Social media lit up during the Illinois state Senate's gay marriage debate on Valentine's Day. The body passed the bill 34-21-2 this afternoon, moving Illinois closer to becoming the 10th state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

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  1. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) made clear his plans to call the bill for a vote on Valentine's Day. As such, troops were rallied and ready to go this morning.
  2. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon shared this on her Facebook page just after 9 a.m.:
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  4. Proponents filled up the Senate viewing gallery.
  5. And hit the airwaves to show their support.
  6. The debate - which kicked off around 12:30 p.m. -  was streamed online.
  7. And, as may be expected, things got pretty heated.
  8. State Rep. Deb Mell (D-Chicago), one of Illinois' openly gay legislators, tweeted throughout.
  9. (In 2011, Mell married her partner, Christin Baker, in Iowa.)
  10. For advocates, victory was sweet - and emotional.
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  12. And, of course, pols hit Twitter and Facebook to tout (and celebrate) the victory.
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