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Gay marriage approved by Illinois Senate committee

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For the second time in just a month, an Illinois Senate committee has approved the legalization of same-sex marriage.

The legislation will move to the Senate floor after a positive nine to five vote by the Executive Committee. Democrats hold a 40-member majority in the Senate and claim to have the votes needed to pass the bill over to the House.

The committee had previously voted in favor of the legislation in early January, but a vote was put off because supporters were afraid they did not have enough votes.

The legislation was re-worded afterward at the insistence of Republicans, to clarify that places of worship do not have to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies.

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