Chicago (AP) -- Illinois is about to
join the ranks of states allowing same-sex marriage.
Gov. Pat Quinn is
expected to sign a bill Wednesday making Illinois
the 16th state to legalize gay marriage. The event will be held at the University of Illinois
Illinois allowed civil unions in 2011. But it was
a bumpy road to same-sex marriage in President Barack Obama's home state.
The Illinois Senate
approved the measure in February, but the House sponsor said he didn't have the
votes. It wasn't called until this month and passed by a close margin.
Those who opposed the
measure included some of Illinois
most well-recognized religious leaders.
Same-sex couples will be
allowed to wed starting in June.
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