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On the heels of the Illinois General Assembly's move to put the state on the track to be the 15th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday, marriage equality advocates were understandably ecstatic.

In Chicago, Sidetrack was the host of an impromptu community celebration of marriage equality coming soon to the land of Lincoln. Among the guests were Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

With the legislation now approved in both the state House and Senate, the bill will now head to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk for his signature. The governor has repeatedly vowed to sign it and was an active proponent of the legislation. According to the Washington Post, a Quinn aide said the governor plans to sign the bill into law by the end of the month.

Same-sex marriages will then be able to begin June 1, 2014.

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    Illinois Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, speaks with lawmakers while on the House floor during veto session Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in Springfield Ill. Harris was the Illinois marriage bill's chief sponsor. AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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    Illinois Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, left, is congratulated by lawmakers as gay marriage legislation passes on the House floor during veto session Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Springfield Ill. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, top center, looks on. Quinn has vowed to sign the bill into law. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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    Illinois Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, is congratulated. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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    A banner celebrating the Illinois General Assembly's approval a gay marriage bill hangs above the Sidetrack bar on November 5, 2013 in Chicago. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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    Patrons at the Sidetrack bar celebrate the Illinois General Assembly's approval of a gay marriage bill. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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    Fernando Mojica (L) and Drew Freeman raise a toast with other patrons at Sidetrack in celebration of the Illinois General Assembly's approval of a gay marriage bill on November 5, 2013 in Chicago. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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    Fernando Mojica (L) celebrates with Drew Freeman at Sidetrack after the Illinois General Assembly approved a gay marriage bill on November 5, 2013 in Chicago. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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    Cahontas (L) and Elizabeth Vincent celebrate at Sidetrack after the Illinois General Assembly approved a gay marriage bill on November 5, 2013 in Chicago. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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    Charlie Gurion (L) and David Wilk celebrate at Sidetrack after the Illinois General Assembly approved a gay marriage bill on November 5, 2013 in Chicago. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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    Supporters of the marriage equality bill rally in the rotunda at the Illinois State Capitol during veto session Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in Springfield Ill. Same-sex marriages in Illinois are expected to begin June 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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