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Illinois poised to be 15th state to allow same-sex marriage
Illinois poised to be 15th state to allow same-sex marriage

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The General Assembly narrowly approved a gay marriage bill Tuesday, clearing the way for Illinois to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex unions. The bill got 61 votes in the House, one more than the minimum needed to send it back to the Senate, which had passed an earlier version and quickly signed off on this one.  Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he will sign the bill. The House vote followed more than 2 1/2 hours of debate. Supporters said it’s time for Illinois to make marriage equal for all. Opponents raised concerns about protecting the institution of marriage and the religious beliefs of those who say marriage should be between a man and...

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