#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.:
  3. My Valentines to the Senate: Equality sign cookies, something to chew on as they vote today on marriage equality!
  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.
  11. The Illinois Senate just passed the marriage bill, 34-21! Together, we just made history in Illinois. Click "like" to celebrate this incredible victory and help us carry today's momentum to the House: 2Fillinoisunites.org%2FHouse&h=CAQHHQMTu&s=1" class="">illinoisunites.org/House
  12. And, of course, pols hit Twitter and Facebook to tout (and celebrate) the victory.