The New Yorker published an article about the bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. The author points out that if Illinois were to join the other nine states where same-sex marriage is currently legal, twenty percent of the U.S. population would live in states where the freedom to marry is granted to all citizens. The article also mentions the ACLU of Illinois court case, Lazaro & Matos v. Orr seeking marriage equality in Illinois.
The legislature seems also to be moving in response to legal action by the A.C.L.U. and Lambda Legal challenging the civil-union statute. Both Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel now support full marriage equality.