Updated Thursday 3:50 p.m. PST
Marriage equality has passed in the Illinois Senate committee! More after the jump!
The legislation passed with a vote of 8-5 in favor. On to the full Senate!
(Source: Lambda Legal)
Like an episode of The Simpsons, all eyes in the country have been on Springfield, where the Illinois General Assembly had been expected to take up a vote on marriage equality today. However, now the possibility of a Thursday tally is uncertain as two supportive Senators experience family emergencies. Details follow.
Windy City Times breaks the news:
The fate of a bill that would legalize gay marriage is uncertain today, as two supportive Senators have been called away from Springfield on family emergencies.
LGBT leaders and lawmakers declined to name the two missing Senators, but said that unless they can secure two more "yes" votes, a vote on the bill Thursday would be unlikely.
Sponsors of the bill had hoped for a vote on marriage, now tacked onto another bill as an amendment, on Thursday. The amendment was expected in the Executive Committee Thursday morning with a vote possible later in the day. But the absence of the two Senators appears to have stalled efforts.
The unfortunate emergencies have put the marriage equality legislation, which has its best chance of passing before new members are sworn in to the House and Senate on Wednesday, in limbo. Stay tuned for updates.