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Governor of Illinois is getting impatient to sign gay marriage bill

Governor of Illinois is getting impatient to sign gay marriage bill

Minnesota might become the 12th state in the US to legalize gay marriage next week and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is eager to see that his state becomes the 13th.

Proposed marriage equality legislation has been stalled for some time in the Illinois House of Representatives and Quinn is getting tired of waiting.

‘It’s time to vote,’ he tells the Chicago Tribune. ‘Illinois passing marriage equality into law, I think, sends a great signal to the people of our state and the people of America. So it’s important to Illinois (that) the House of Representatives get going.’

The House will need 60 votes to pass the legislation and send it to Quinn for signature. Backers of the bill say they don’t want to hold a vote until they are sure they have enough support for passage.

Nearly three months have passed since the Illinois State Senate approved marriage equality bill on Valentine’s Day (14 February) bringing the home state of President Barack Obama closer to allowing gay couples the right to wed.

Since that time, gay marriage has been signed into law in Delaware and Rhode Island.