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.
Lt. Governor Sheila Simon shared this on her Facebook page just after 9 a.m.:
Proponents filled up the Senate viewing gallery.
And hit the airwaves to show their support.
The debate - which kicked off around 12:30 p.m. - was streamed online.
And, as may be expected, things got pretty heated.
State Rep. Deb Mell (D-Chicago), one of Illinois' openly gay legislators, tweeted throughout.
(In 2011, Mell married her partner, Christin Baker, in Iowa.)
For advocates, victory was sweet - and emotional.
And, of course, pols hit Twitter and Facebook to tout (and celebrate) the victory.