U.S. and Britain making strides in legalizing gay marriage

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow might be filled with wedding bands. This, as the United States and Britain are making strides in legalizing gay marriage.

In the U.S., the Illinois Senate Executive Committee passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in a 9-5 vote. The bill (called Senate Bill 10) will go before the Senate sometime next week.

The US military is also showing some love. It plans to extend some benefits to same-sex couples. The details of which benefits will be offered hasn’t been ironed out just yet, but it looks like same-sex partners will have access to on-base commissary and other military subsidized stores, in addition to some health and welfare programs.

Across the pond, after a 400-175 vote, British lawmakers approved the second reading of a bill legalizing same-sex marriages. The bill still has a ways to go before it can become law, including another vote in the House of Commons and in the House of Lords.

Brings new meaning to Lord of the Rings, huh?

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