Alabama House committee approves bill that would ax state-signed marriage licenses

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Montgomery, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would replace state-signed marriage licenses with contracts in a bid to free probate judges from signing licenses for gay couples.

The House Judiciary committee voted for the bill, which passed the Senate in March.

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Hawaii Senate approves marriage equality bill

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The state Senate passed a bill legalizing gay marriage, putting Hawaii a signature away from becoming a same-sex wedding destination.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who called lawmakers to a special session for the bill and has vocally supported gay marriage, has said he would sign the measure. It will allow thousands of gay couples living in Hawaii and even more tourists to marry in the state starting Dec. 2.

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Illinois House approves marriage equality 61-54

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Springfield (AP) – A historic vote in the Illinois House positioned that state to become the largest in the heartland to legalize gay marriage, following months of arduous lobbying efforts by both sides in President Barack Obama’s home state.

Lawmakers voted 61-54 Nov. 5 to send the measure back to the Senate to change the bill’s effective date, just a technical change since the chamber already approved the measure in February. The measure will then head to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has pledged to sign it into the law.

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