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Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn hails passage of ‘historic’ marriage equality bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday that Illinois is “one step closer” to marriage equality.

Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.)

The Illinois Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would legalize marriage equality for same-sex couples. The Democratic governor called it “historic legislation.”

Quinn applauded the Senate vote and said the bill lets “all committed couples” have the legal protections and benefits of marriage.

He urged the Illinois House of Representatives to pass the same legislation.

Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), said he “the prospects are very good” that the measure will pass in the House, where he’s the bill sponsor.

Quinn has pledged to sign the measure if it reaches his desk.

Full coverage on the vote is here.

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