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Illinois State Senate OKs Gay Marriage

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Illinois took a major step toward giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry Thursday, as the Democratic-led Senate handed advocates an early win after a fervent Valentine's Day debate over sex and morals.Now the high-profile social issue moves to a House divided on whether people of the same sex should be allowed to wed — a question of equality for supporters and a matter of biblical proportions for opponents.Illinois would become the 10th state to approve gay marriage if the bill makes it to the desk of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who has vowed to sign it into law. The push for same-sex marriage is unfolding rapidly in Illinois, where the first civil union certificates were issued less than two years ago.

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