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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. 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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Clergy members, faith leaders ask Ill. House to pass gay marriage bill

| Monday, November 4, 2013
Illinois state house chamber
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A coalition of clergy members and faith leaders has sent a letter to Illinois House members encouraging them to support same-sex marriage.

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Momentum builds for gay marriage vote in Illinois next week

| Thursday, October 31, 2013
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.
CHICAGO -- After months of energetic lobbying, both sides in the Illinois same-sex marriage debate are ready for a vote next week that supporters say would fulfill a pledge by the sponsor to bring the issue back to Springfield.

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Suburban Chicago mayors back Ill. same-sex marriage legislation

| Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Chicago, Ill.
GENEVA, Ill. -- Seven mayors from the Chicago suburbs are signing on in support of same-sex marriage legislation.

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Lambda Legal sues after cab driver kicks out gay couple for exchanging a kiss

| Monday, October 28, 2013
WBBM-TVSteven White (left) and Matt McCrea.
CHICAGO -- Lambda Legal on Monday filed a lawsuit on behalf a same-sex couple who were refused service and kicked out of a Chicago cab after they exchanged a kiss.

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Ill. governor: Veto session valuable to ‘lay foundation’ on marriage legislation

| Thursday, October 24, 2013
Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.)
WHEELING, Ill. -- Gov. Pat Quinn says he's not discouraged that Illinois lawmakers came away from two days of their fall veto session without tackling any of the major issues on their agenda.

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Gay marriage opponents invoke God, free speech at Illinois rally

| Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Busloads of gay marriage opponents held their own rally outside the Capitol Wednesday, pledging to reverse any headway in the push for state legislation that would allow same-sex weddings.

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Thousands rally at Ill. state capitol to demand action on marriage equality bill

| Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Activists and supporters frustrated that Illinois still hasn't legalized same-sex marriages demanded swift action during a rally Tuesday at the state Capitol, as lawmakers returned to Springfield to deal with several other weighty issues.

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