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    Illinois Senate Passes Same-Sex Marriage

    FILE - In this file photo taken March 11, 2002, Alexa Santos waves a gay pride flag in Chicago's federal plaza during a rally in support of equal marriage rights for gays. Area gay rights groups are calling on Cook County Clerk David Orr to defy a state law and begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.  Opponents of a gay marriage ban in Illinois don’t have to worry about a fight from attorneys who would normally be responsible for defending the state’s laws.  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez both have refused to defend the ban, saying it violates the state constitution That sets up a scenario where a judge quickly could strike down the 16-year-old law. The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal filed separate lawsuits against Cook County Clerk David Orr. He’s responsible for issuing marriage licenses in the county. Alvarez represents Orr. And she says they both agreed with the plaintiffs. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

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    “It’s a new day in the state of Illinois,” proclaimed Sen. Martin Sandoval before voting to legalize marriage equality for same-sex couples in the Prairie State. The state Senate approved the bill 34–21, and after a vote at the state House, which is held by the Democrats, the state should be on its way to becoming the nation’s 10th to grant equal rights to gay couples. Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged to sign the bill once it arrives on his desk.

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