Reports: Illinois Gay Marriage Vote May Be Imminent

The Illinois legislature is drawing close to voting Tuesday on a long-stalled gay marriage bill, according to media reports.

Now that House Speaker Mike Madigan (D) has shown support for the bill, it may collect the 60 votes it needs to legalize gay marriage in the state, according to Chicago TV station WMAQ

Anthony Martinez, executive director of The Civil Rights Agenda, told Buzzfeed a final vote on the legislation would take place Tuesday.

The bill was passed by the state Senate in February, but failed to pass the House when its regular session ended in May, according to WMAQ. Illinois would be on track to be the 15th state to legalize gay marriage if the legislation is approved.

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