Marriage Equality
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PHOTOS: Illinois Becomes Marriage Equality State No. 16

With Gov. Pat Quinn's signature on Senate Bill 10, Illinois Wednesday became the 16th U.S. state to embrace marriage equality.

BY Michelle Kanaar

November 20 2013 9:26 PM ET

Thousands gathered to watch Gov. Pat Quinn sign Senate Bill 10, bringing marriage equality to Illinois Wednesday, at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Forum.