Illinois bill to legalize gay marriage stalls

June 1, 2013 05:48

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A bill to make Illinois the 13th state in the country to recognize same-sex marriage failed to win final approval on Friday before the state legislature adjourns until the fall.

The measure, which the state Senate approved in February, did not come up for a vote in the state House of Representatives before it adjourned. Its chief sponsor vowed to seek a vote on the bill later this year.The bill would have made Illinois the third Midwestern state to allow same-sex couples to marry, after Minnesota and Iowa.

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