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Hawaii to legalize gay marriage, making Ill. 16th

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — When lawmakers voted this month to approve gay marriage in Illinois, the state was set to become the 15th in the nation to legalize same-sex weddings.

Now Illinois may become the 16th state.

That's because Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is expected to sign legislation Wednesday legalizing gay marriage in that state. Same-sex marriages are set to begin in the island state on Dec. 2.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has said he'll sign his state's measure during a special ceremony in Chicago on Nov. 20. Gay marriages will begin in Illinois in June.

Another 14 states and the District of Columbia already allow same-sex marriage.

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