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UPDATE:

huffpo has the AP news bulletin up

Democrats in the Illinois Senate are putting off a vote on making the state the 10th in the country to legalize gay marriage.

There are not enough votes to pass it on the floor.  There are some democrats that were not in attendance today, and NO republicans support it.  There are 35 Democratic seats in the Senate, only 30 are needed for passage, they just don't know how many Democrats support it at this time.  On January 9 the new session will be sworn-in.

UPDATE:

(also from an AP alert, no link yet)

Gay marriage has cleared a first hurdle to becoming law in Illinois after approval in a state Senate committee.

The Senate Executive Committee passed the legislation Thursday, sending it to the full Senate. It wasn't clear when that vote would take place.
   

It has been 18 months since the state recognized civil unions.  
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