Spreading The Love: Illinois Votes Yes on Same-Sex Marriage!

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Get ready for even more wedding bells to ring starting next summer! The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violated the Fifth Amendment in June ushered in what we now think of as the summer of love (and marriage). The decision insured that same-sex couples can receive hundreds of federal benefits and set off a flurry of high-profile same-sex marriage proposals (Lance Bass!), weddings (Greg Louganis!), and joy that love was becoming more free (Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard even waited to say "I do" until all of their friends could, too).

As of Tuesday night, there is another reason to celebrate: The Illinois House of Representatives voted to allow same-sex couples to marry! The vote clears the way for Illinois to become the 15th state, along with Washington, D.C., to permit gay couples to wed. Same-sex couples in Illinois have probably already popped lots of champagne (and exchanged many engagement rings), considering Gov. Pat Quinn has already said he will sign it, meaning Illinois couples can likely begin marrying on June 1.

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"In Illinois, we tried civil unions and that separate status has time and time again proved to fall short," State Representative Greg Harris, a sponsor of the bill, told The New York Times as he urged his House colleagues to approve the measure on Tuesday.

The happy news comes less than a month after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie withdrew his efforts to block same-sex marriage in his state. Legal weddings began there last month—allowing for some beautiful ceremony's set against the Garden State's fall foliage.

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We are thrilled about the wave of marriage equality sweeping the nation, and we can't wait to see what kind of summer weddings Illinois's happiest couples are planning!

—Terri Pous

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