An Illinois state representative made a decision any parent would dread in order to press the "yes" button on legislation she had co-sponsored to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.

She left the bedside of her gravely ill son.

Tuesday afternoon, state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, a Champaign Democrat, rushed to the state capitol in Springfield to vote on the measure. With her support, the bill was approved with 61 votes in favor -- only one more than the minimum it needed in order to pass.

When Jakobsson returned to the Mattoon, Ill. hospice where her dying son, Garret, was staying after a 90-minute drive, she learned he had died just 10 minutes before her arrival, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The lawmaker had been sitting at Garret Jakobsson's bedside as part of a weeklong vigil of sorts prior to his passing. Garret was 46 years old and had been sick with Pick's disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, for some time, the Associated Press reports.

In a brief Tuesday statement, Jakobsson said the marriage bill vote was "one that I felt I could not miss and I know my son was proud of my decision."

According to the Chicago Tribune, Garret had seven brothers and sisters. He and his wife, Liz, also had a 10-year-old son named Gunnar. Garret was adopted from South Korea in 1968, according to the AP.

Jakobsson's House colleagues stood for a moment of silence when the death was announced Wednesday, the Tribune reports.

Per the News-Gazette, Jakobsson was the only Champaign-Urbana state representative to vote in support of the marriage bill.

Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill into law later this month, making Illinois the 15th marriage equality state. Same-sex marriages in Illinois can then commence on June 1, 2014.

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  • Patricia Ewert, right, caresses Vernita Gray's cheek after their wedding ceremony, the first gay marriage in Illinois, at the couple's home Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Chicago. U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, ordered the Cook County clerk to issue an expedited marriage license to Gray and Ewert before the state's gay marriage law takes effect in June 2014, because Gray is terminally ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Lifelong partners Jim Darby, left, and Patrick Bova kiss before Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law, making Illinois the 16th state in the nation to embrace full marriage equality for same sex couples, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Chicago. The law takes effect June 1, 2014. Darby and Bova have been together for 50 years and now plan to marry in Illinois. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law during ceremonies on the campus of the University of Illinois Chicago Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Chicago. Illinois becomes the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law during ceremonies on the campus of the University of Illinois Chicago Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Chicago. Illinois becomes the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Surrounded by elected officials, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law during ceremonies on the campus of the University of Illinois Chicago Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Chicago. Illinois becomes the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn acknowledges the applause after signing the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law, making Illinois the 16th state in the nation to embrace full marriage equality for same sex couples, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Chicago. The law takes effect June 1, 2014. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • The signature of Illinois Gov. Patrick Joseph Quinn is affixed to the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law during ceremonies on the campus of the University of Illinois Chicago Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Chicago. Illinois becomes the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledges the crowd before Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed the state's Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Chicago, making Illinois the 16th state in the nation to embrace full marriage equality for same sex couples. The law takes effect June 1, 2014.

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  • A program and an Illinois rainbow flag is placed on a seat for spectators who will witness Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signing the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, during ceremonies on the campus of the University of Illinois Chicago Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Illinois Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, speaks with lawmakers while on the House floor during veto session Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in Springfield Ill. Harris was the Illinois marriage bill's chief sponsor. AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

  • Illinois Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, left, is congratulated by lawmakers as gay marriage legislation passes on the House floor during veto session Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Springfield Ill. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, top center, looks on. Quinn has vowed to sign the bill into law. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

  • Illinois Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, is congratulated. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

  • A banner celebrating the Illinois General Assembly's approval a gay marriage bill hangs above the Sidetrack bar on November 5, 2013 in Chicago. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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