Illinois Lawmakers Vote to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

from Illinois is set to become the 15th state and largest in the heartland to allow same-sex marriage, after both chambers of the state legislature have approved a measure legalizing gay weddings. Gov. Pat Quinn (D) said in a statement Tuesday that he would sign the bill into law, although he did not specify a date. The House, which had adjourned in May without passing a Senate bill legalizing same-sex marriage, approved the measure Tuesday by a vote of 61 to 54. “Today the Illinois House put our state on the right side of history,” said Quinn, who campaigned for the measure, which is scheduled to take effect in June. And aide to Quinn said the governor will sign the bill by the end of the month.

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