Illinois is poised to become the 15th U.S. state to allow same-sex unions after lawmakers in President Barack Obama's home state gave final approval to a bill on Tuesday.
The state Senate approved gay marriage on Valentine's Day in February, but there was a delay in bringing the vote to the House, even though Democrats have a strong majority.
Following a 61-54 House vote on Tuesday - just one vote more than what was needed - the bill was given final approval by the Senate, and will go to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, who has pledged his support. The final Senate vote was 32-21.
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