Illinois set to be 15th state to allow gay marriage

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Some gay couples in Illinois are starting to plan their weddings after lawmakers approved a measure to legalize same-sex marriage.

Illinois is set to become the 15th state to allow gay marriage.

Both the House and Senate took votes on a measure Tuesday. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he will sign it into law. Under the legislation, gay couples can start having weddings in June 2014.

Among those who watched the historic vote in Springfield were Theresa Volpe and Mercedes Santos of Chicago. They've been together for 22 years and are expecting their third child next week. After that, they say they will plan their wedding. They want their baby to be a part of the ceremony.

Illinois allowed civil unions in 2011.

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