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Hawaii Jumps Ahead Of Illinois On Same Sex Marriage

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.