Could gay marriage come to Illinois?
Gay-rights advocates hope that an Election Day sweep of ballot measures approving same-sex marriage will give Illinois a boost to pass similar legislation here.
Maine, Maryland and Washington became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, ending a 32-state losing streak dating to 1998, in which gay marriage had been rebuffed in every state where it went to voters. In Minnesota, voters rejected a proposal to place a ban on gay-marriage in the state constitution.
The three states join six others and the nation’s capital in legal recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages.
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