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In this Feb. 5, 2013 file photo, Illinois Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, far left, Bloomington, Ill., resident Danielle Cook, front center, who is in a civil union with her partner of many years, Suzie Hutton, back left, and their 15-year-old son Caleb, right, listen to lawmakers while testifying during a Senate Executive Committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Illinois Senate votes to legalize gay marriage

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois moved closer Thursday to becoming the 10th state in the nation where same-sex couples can legally wed, after the Senate voted to lift a ban on gay marriage.

Senators voted 34-21 to approve the measure, sending it on to the state House where Democrats also hold a majority. Gov. Pat Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, has said he will sign the bill if the House approves it.

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