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Illinois is the 21st U.S. state, admitted to the Union on December 3, 1818. Its most populous city is Chicago, and the state capitol is located in Springfield.

LGBT Rights in Illinois: Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Illinois on June 1, 2014, under a bill passed in the state legislature and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn on Nov. 20, 2013. Illinois has protected LGBT persons from discrimination since 2006, based on legislation enacted in 2005. Illinois has recognized hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or heterosexual persons since 2001. The law does not protect attacks based on gender identity as such, but gender identity cases can be prosecuted as perceived sexual orientation cases since the state criminalizes attacks based on one's actual or perceived sexual orientation. The state permits adoption by gay individuals or partners, including second-parent adoptions.

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Illinois approval of same-sex marriage could influence proposed ban in Indiana

| Friday, November 8, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS — Opponents of a push to amend Indiana's constitution to ban same-sex marriage say Illinois lawmakers' approval of marriage equality is a big victory that could help their cause.

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Judge issues stay of Illinois same-sex marriage lawsuit

| Friday, November 8, 2013
Patrick Bova and Jim Darby, lead plaintiffs in the Lambda Legal suit, entered into a civil union in 2011.
CHICAGO -- A Cook County judge has issued a temporary stay of a lawsuit that challenged Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage.

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Gov. Quinn to sign Illinois marriage equality bill Nov. 20

| Thursday, November 7, 2013
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he's planning to sign same-sex marriage legislation on Nov. 20 in Chicago.

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Ill. lawmaker: Son would be proud I voted for gay marriage in his final hours

| Thursday, November 7, 2013
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois lawmaker says her late son would be proud that she returned to the state capitol to vote for same-sex marriage in his last hours.

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Wedding plans get underway as Illinois same-sex couples gear up for marriage

| Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Seth Perlman, APMarriage equality supporters at a rally in Springfield, Ill., on Monday, the day before lawmakers passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Just a few hours after state lawmakers approved same-sex marriage in Illinois, Chicago wedding planner Lindsay Parrott started getting her first inquiries for summer weddings.

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Ill. lawmaker proposes to partner just hours after gay marriage bill passes

| Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois lawmaker is engaged to his partner just hours after the state Legislature approved same-sex marriage legislation.

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Quinn will sign Illinois marriage equality bill this month

| Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll sign legislation allowing same sex couples in Illinois to marry this month.

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Chicago mayor celebrates passage of marriage bill with visit to gay bar

| Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Michael R. Schmidt, Sun-Times Media/APChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is greeted Tuesday evening as he joins revelers at Sidetrack, a well-known gay bar in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood, where celebrations were taking place after the state Legislature in Springfield voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
CHICAGO -- Celebrations in Chicago for the state's newly approved same-sex marriage law included a visit by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to a well-known gay bar in the city's Boystown neighborhood.

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Obama applauds Ill. General Assemby on passage of marriage equality bill

| Tuesday, November 5, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has released a statement, applauding the passage of marriage equality in Illinois.

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Church group praises ‘no’ votes on gay marriage bill, vows retribution

| Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Members of the African American Clergy Coalition speak out against same-sex marriage.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago-area pastors who are opposed to same-sex marriage say they will stand behind Illinois lawmakers who voted against the measure.

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