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Governor Quinn Says Illinois Should Approve Gay Marriage

By The Associated Press

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 on Wednesday. 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."  

The bill's sponsors expect a Senate floor vote on Valentine's Day.  Quinn helped Illinois approve civil unions in 2011.  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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