#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.
- 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.
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