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Governor Quinn signs gay marriage into law

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CHICAGO (WREX) -

Illinois is the 16th state to allow gay marriage.

Governor Pat Quinn, activists, and multiple elected officials gathered at the University of Illinois at Chicago Wednesday afternoon for the bill's signing. Quinn used the desk President Abraham Lincoln used to write his 1861 inaugural address to sign the bill.

The state allowed civil unions in 2011 and the Senate passed the bill allowing gay marriage in February. However, it was not called in the House until earlier this month. The measure passed by a narrow margin.

The bill goes into effect in June.

WREX's Kelsie Passolt was in Chicago Wednesday and will have a full live report on 13 News at 5 and 6.

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