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Governor Pushes Gay Marriage During Speech

Posted by wlpo on February 7, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn says it’s time for Illinois to allow gay marriage.

The Chicago Democrat framed the issue as a measure against discrimination during his annual State of the State address yesterday. He praised senators who moved a bill out of committee earlier this week and says it’s time to pass the bill so Illinois can achieve “full equality.”

If Illinois approves gay marriage, it would become the 10th state in the nation to do so. Advocates say momentum in other states and President Barack Obama’s support fuel their efforts in Illinois.

Some religious groups have opposed the idea.

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