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President Barack Obama urges Illinois lawmakers to legalize gay marriage in his home state

President Barack Obama announced Saturday that he supports legalizing gay marriage in his home state of Illinois.

"While the president does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect," White House spokesman Shin Inouye told The Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday.

Illinois state lawmakers are expected to take up the gay marriage issue next week, according to the Sun-Times.

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