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Chicago couple eagerly awaits Illinois gay marriage vote

Mercedes Santos (R) hugs her partner of 21 years, Theresa Volpe, after a vote in a Committee hearing at the Illinois State Capital in Springfield, Illinois, January 3, 2013. Illinois could become the next U.S. state to legalize gay marriage. REUTERS/Jim Young

Mercedes Santos (R) hugs her partner of 21 years, Theresa Volpe, after a vote in a Committee hearing at the Illinois State Capital in Springfield, Illinois, January 3, 2013. Illinois could become the next U.S. state to legalize gay marriage....more

Mercedes Santos (R) hugs her partner of 21 years, Theresa Volpe, after a vote in a Committee hearing at the Illinois State Capital in Springfield, Illinois, January 3, 2013. Illinois could become the next U.S. state to legalize gay marriage. REUTERS/Jim Young
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Theresa Volpe (L) holds her daughter Ava (2nd L) as her partner Mercedes Santos sits with their son Jaidon after testifying at the Illinois State Capital in Springfield, Illinois, January 3, 2013. Volpe and Santos have been together for 21 years and are in a civil union and have two children. Illinois could become the next U.S. state to legalize gay marriage with a bill set to be introduced in the state Senate this week. REUTERS/Jim Young

Theresa Volpe (L) holds her daughter Ava (2nd L) as her partner Mercedes Santos sits with their son Jaidon after testifying at the Illinois State Capital in Springfield, Illinois, January 3, 2013. Volpe and Santos have been together for 21 years and...more

Theresa Volpe (L) holds her daughter Ava (2nd L) as her partner Mercedes Santos sits with their son Jaidon after testifying at the Illinois State Capital in Springfield, Illinois, January 3, 2013. Volpe and Santos have been together for 21 years and are in a civil union and have two children. Illinois could become the next U.S. state to legalize gay marriage with a bill set to be introduced in the state Senate this week. REUTERS/Jim Young
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