Illinois Senate votes to legalize gay marriage
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois moved closer Thursday to becoming the 10th state in the nation where same-sex couples can legally wed, after the Senate voted to lift a ban on gay marriage.
Senators voted 34-21 to approve the measure, sending it on to the state House where Democrats also hold a majority. Gov. Pat Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, has said he will sign the bill if the House approves it.
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, called it "a vote for the history books."
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