SPRINGFIELD, Illinois — Members of the campaign that pushed for same-sex marriage in Illinois say it's a historic day for the state.
Legislators have approved a bill making Illinois the 15th state allowing gay marriage. Gov. Pat Quinn has said he'll sign the bill.
House members voted 61-54 in favor on Tuesday. However, earlier in the year the bill's main House sponsor didn't call the bill because he said he didn't have the votes.
After that, advocates with Illinois Unites for Marriage regrouped. That included getting union support and hiring field organizers. John Kohlhepp is the campaign's manager. He says it couldn't have been done without the help of thousands of people, including clergy members.
A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois praised the effort as a collective one.