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UPDATED: Senate votes to legalize gay marriage in Illinois

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UPDATE:
The Illinois Senate has voted to legalize gay marriage in the state in a 34 to 21 vote. The bill will now move to the House, where Democrats hold a majority.

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A bill to legalize gay marriage is up for debate in the Illinois Senate.

If passed, Illinois would be the tenth state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage. Democrats believe they have the votes to make that happen.

An amendment stating churches or religious organizations will not be forced to solemnize gay marriages was supported on Thursday. Churches also will not be able to be sued for not allowing parishes to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies.

Despite the amendment, some Senate Republicans say the General Assembly should be focusing on fiscal problems instead of gay marriage and other social issues.

Supporters of the bill say it is an issue of civil rights.

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