In 2011 Illinois created civil unions. Now, just two years later they are on the cusp of creating same-sex marriage.
The IL Senate had approved a bill in February to allow same-sex marriage, and now yesterday, the IL House approved the bill with minor changes. It’s been sent back to the Senate for reconciliation, and will be signed by the governor. Illinois will be the 15th state (not including D.C.) to approve same-sex marriage, beginning June 1, 2014.
UPDATE: Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill into law on November 20, 2013.