This evening, after being delayed six hours by a concealed carry bill, the Illinois House Executive Committee advanced the marriage equality bill with a vote of 6–5. Passage was expected, as all seven Democrats on the committee previously supported same-sex civil unions. The bill now advances to the House, where advocates are optimistic it will pass. Still, it faces a tougher fight than it did in the Senate, where it passed on Valentine’s Day with a vote of 34–21. A poll released last week found that only 29 percent of Illinois voters oppose marriage equality.