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Cullerton wants gay-marriage vote on Feb. 14

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By Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he wants to pass same-sex marriage legislation on Valentine's Day.

Cullerton tells the Chicago Sun-Times that he'd like the state Senate to pass the measure out of committee next week and vote to approve it on Feb. 14.

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Cullerton says he believes the bill has the 30 votes needed to pass and move to the Illinois House.

Advocates have been pushing for legislation that offers same-sex couples marriage rights currently only available to heterosexual couples. They'd hoped to capitalize on momentum from other states and President Barack Obama's support.

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