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Illinois AG calls Supreme Court decision 'victory'

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act is a victory for same-sex couples.

The Court rejected a provision of the act which means same-sex couples who legally marry should be guaranteed the same benefits as heterosexual ones.

Advocates, including Madigan, say the ruling helps momentum to legalize gay marriage both at the State Capitol and at the state courts. Illinois allows civil unions but attempts for gay marriage have stalled.

Legal experts say the ruling means Illinois couples married in other states should receive federal benefits. But questions linger about eligibility for some. Federal officials are expected to provide more clarity. Attorneys with Madigan's office are still reviewing the decision.

Illinois will still recognize couples married elsewhere as in civil unions.

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