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Illinois may become the tenth state to pass a bill which will allow same-sex couples to marry.
The bill, which will recognize same sex marriage, is expected to be presented as early as January before a new legislature takes place, Reuters reports. Having the bill reach the Senate at this early time will follow a predominantly Democratic legislature, which will further in ensure the passing of the bill.
According to Illinois Senate President John Cullerton's spokeswoman, Rikeesha Phelon, both Senator Heather Steans and Cullerton are confident that the they have the votes which will allow the bill to pass.
New York Times reports that more than 250 religious leaders have signed a letter in support of the bill.
“There can be no justification for the law treating people differently on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity,” the letter states.
Illinois will follow the likes of Maine, Washington and Maryland who recently approved the bill.
Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Connecticut and New Hampshire have also legalized same-sex marriage.