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

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Sam Yingling
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
Pat Quinn
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
Barack-Obama
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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Ill. House Speaker: ‘Art of persuasion’ boosted gay marriage bill’s passage

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
APMichael Madigan
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he used "the art of persuasion" with less than 10 lawmakers to help pass a bill allowing same-sex marriage. [...]

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Illinois becomes #15 as state lawmakers approve marriage equality bill

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The Illinois House votes 61-54 to legalize same-sex marriage.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A historic vote Tuesday in the Illinois House positioned that state to become the largest in the heartland to legalize gay marriage, following months of arduous lobbying efforts by both sides in President Barack Obama's home state. [...]

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Ill. state leaders watch as lawmakers prepare to vote on marriage equality

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (red tie) stands on the floor of the Illinois House during the debate over same-sex marriage on Tuesday.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The state's top elected officials are watching lawmakers debate a bill that would add Illinois to 14 other states allowing same-sex marriage. [...]

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Momentum builds for Ill. marriage vote as another lawmaker vows support

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Jehan Gordon-Booth
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Suspense is building for a possible vote on legislation that could make Illinois the next state to legalize same-sex marriage. [...]

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Marriage bill looms as Illinois lawmakers kick off final days of fall session

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Illinois state capitol building in Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers are convening in Springfield for the final three days of their annual fall session. [...]

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