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Ill. Black Caucus Chair Signs on Same-Sex Marriage Bill

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In this June 17, 2008 file photo, A ring is placed on a finger during their wedding ceremony after obtaining a marriage license at the San Diego County Administration Building in San Diego. Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples had appointments to secure marriage licenses and exchange vows Tuesday, the first full day same-sex nuptials will be legal throughout California. On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court will begin hearing two days of cases involving gay marriage. (Chris Park/AP)

The leader of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus says the fate of a measure to authorize same-sex couples to marry in Illinois may rest with 20 black legislators in the Illinois House.

Rep. Ken Dunkin is the head of the 30-member group. He announced his support for the legislation Tuesday.

The Chicago Democrat says he hopes to convince other black legislators to support the measure. He says the bill may fail if it doesn't get the yes vote from members of his caucus.

The proposal received Senate approval in February. Supporters say they are working to secure the 60 votes needed to pass the measure in the House.