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Equality Illinois gears up for 2014 election fight

CHICAGO (AP) — Advocacy group Equality Illinois says it's getting ready to launch a $500,000 effort to promote gay marriage ahead of the 2014 election.

The civil rights group says half the money will go toward voter education efforts, while the remainder will be used by the group's political action committee to fight opponents.

Equality Illinois says an organization opposed to gay marriage has pledged $250,000 to oppose lawmakers — particularly Republicans — who supported an effort to let same-sex couples wed in the state.

Lawmakers in the House adjourned last month without a vote on a measure that would have made Illinois the 13th state to allow gay marriage. The bill's sponsor said he didn't have enough votes to pass the legislation, which had already been approved in the state Senate.

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