Gay rights bill passes Illinois house Christina Gheen at 3:56 PM ET
[JURIST] The Illinois General Assembly [official website] Tuesday passed a bill that would require state protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation. The House gave its approval on the last possible day by a vote of 65-51; the Senate had approved the bill 30-27 on Monday. The bill [PDF text] now goes to Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website], a proponent of the measure, for final signature. Fourteen other states have enacted similar laws. AP has more.
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