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3:13 AM, Oct 22, 2013   |    comments
Five same-sex couples sued the state of Michigan because of a 2011 law that prohibits various public employers from offering health benefits to same-sex couples. (Photo: Rick Nease illustration, Detroit Free Press)
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Thousands of disappointed Illinois residents are expected at the state Capitol to rally for same-sex marriage.

Organizers say several thousand people are expected to take part in the "March on Springfield" -a grassroots effort to urge the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in Illinois.

The Illinois Senate approved the measure last February, but the measure has stalled in the House. Speaker Michael Madigan has said about a dozen votes are still needed.

The event will begin with a noon concert followed by a rally at 1 p.m. and a 2:30 p.m. March. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn are participating in the event. The governor says he will sign legislation if passed by the General Assembly.

Currently 13 states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage.

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