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Update, Nov. 15, 2013: Hawaii is now shaded green on this map after Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill on Wednesday legalizing gay marriage. Hawaii will start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Dec. 2.
Original post, Nov. 6, 2013: The Illinois state legislature legalized same-sex marriage on Nov. 5, putting the state on track to join 14 others and the District of Columbia in allowing gay couples to wed. The bill, passed by the state legislature with a 61–54 vote in the house and a 32–21 vote in the senate, will now go to the Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who has said he will sign it. Gay couples will be able to marry in Illinois starting June 1.
Starting with Massachusetts in 2003, a growing number of states have extended the right to marry, and these states are colored green in the map above. Although more than one-half of Americans support gay marriage, about two-thirds live in states where it is still not legal. Same-sex marriage is also legal in Canada, France, Spain, Great Britain, South Africa, and other countries but remains illegal in most of the world.
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