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Illinois set to OK gay marriage; biggest state yet in the heartland

Illinois set to OK gay marriage; biggest state yet in the heartland

The Illinois Legislature sent a bill to the governor Tuesday that would make the state the largest in the heartland to legalize gay marriage. And Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged to sign it. The House passed the bill Tuesday, 61 to 54, according to the Associated Press. The bill first passed the Senate in February and passed in the upper chamber again Tuesday after it was amended. Under the measure, gay couples could begin getting married in Illinois in June. PHOTOS: Californians celebrate gay marriage ruling In the Midwest, Minnesota and Iowa already allow gay marriage.  The 12 other states in the U.S. that have OKd same-sex unions are California, Connecticut, Delaware,  Maine,...

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