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UPDATE: IL Senate Approves House Same-sex Marriage Changes

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:12:08 CST
By: AP

Update: The Illinois Senate has approved the version of the Same-sex marriage legislation which cleared the IL House today. It now goes to Governor Quinn, who has promised to sign it into law.

The Illinois House has approved legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state. The vote 61-54 vote sends the measure back to the Senate for minor changes to a version it approved on Valentine's Day. Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll sign it. Fourteen states plus Washington D.C., allow same-sex marriage. Most recently, New Jersey, Minnesota and Rhode Island have allowed it. The historic vote in Illinois came after months of arduous lobbying by gay-rights advocates, but the bill was never called for a House vote earlier this year because the sponsor said there weren't enough votes. Proponents say momentum had been building, especially as the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Opponents say marriage should remain between a man and woman.

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