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Quinn prods House to vote on same-sex marriage, says votes are there

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SPRINGFIELD-Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday called on Illinois House members to take action on a same-sex marriage bill that's been dormant there for more than 80 days, adding that he thinks the votes are there to send the measure to his desk.

"Illinois passing marriage equality into law, I think, sends a great signal to the people of our state and the people of America," Quinn told reporters after appearing at a ceremony in Springfield honoring firefighters. "So, it's important that Illinois and the House of Representatives get moving.

"I believe a majority exists to get this bill passed through the House onto my desk so I can sign it into law."

Since the state Senate sent the bill to the House on a passionate Valentine's Day vote, the House has taken votes on key issues such as pension reform, concealed carry and medical marijuana. But the full House floor has yet to debate legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois, an objective at the top of Quinn's list.

"I think, you know, it's time to vote," Quinn said. "We've waited now three months, and it's, I think, plenty of time for people to reflect on it. And now it's time to pass it."

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Rhode Island did it last week. Delaware did it this week. Minnesota will do it next week. C'mon Illinois! Schedule the vote.

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