Illinois Approves Gay Marriage

The Midwest state becomes the 16th in the country to allow same-sex marriage


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Illinois became the sixteenth state in the union to legalize gay marriage  after the House and Senate passed a bill that was quickly signed by Governor Pat  Quinn Tuesday evening.

After two-and-a-half hours of debate, the bill only narrowly passed the House  Tuesday with 61 votes, one more than the minimum, the Chicago Tribunereports. The Senate, which previously approved a slightly  different version of the bill, later approved  the revised version 32-21.

“Tonight, I applaud the men and women of the Illinois General Assembly, a  body in which I was proud to serve, for voting to legalize marriage equality in  my home state,” President Barack Obama said in an emailed statement on the  bill’s passage Tuesday evening.

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