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Illinois Approves Same-Sex Marriage

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Illinois is set to become the 15th state in the country to legalize gay marriage as both the Illinois House and Senate voted to approve the legislation.

The Governor has already said he'll sign it. 
  
Members of the Quad City gay community say they couldn't be more excited about what this historic move will mean for them and everyone else in the Quad Cities.

When one Rock Island couple heard the news that they thought it was too good to be true. 

After having a holy union in '07, then a marriage in Iowa in 2009, they say they and their gay friends can finally look forward to getting married in their home state of Illinois. 

"I saw a couple mention on Facebook today ," said Jolene and Michelle Ramsey-Moody. "Now we don't have to have 'just' a civil union, we can actually be married. And so that will be really exciting for them also. I think the gay marriages are really going to go up now. I think they're going to skyrocket, I really do."
     
Reverend Rich Hendricks with the Metro Community Church of the Quad Cities agrees. He says countless couples from Illinois, like the Ramsey-Moody's, have come to him to get married in Iowa. Now he looks forward officiating countless more weddings across the river. 

"It's good news for everyone because people are treated equally," said Rev. Rich Hendricks. "It doesn't matter. You don't have to go out of state to get married."
     
Hendricks and the Ramsey-Moody's say they can take pride in having a part in this historic move in Illinois after marching outside the state capital just two weeks ago asking legislators to pass the bill. 

Now, just two weeks later, wedding plans are in the works for the Ramsey-Moody's. While they've already had two ceremonies they say this one will be different.

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