(CNN) -- Hawaii's legislature gave final passage to a measure Tuesday to make it the 16th American state to legalize same-sex marriage.
"With today's vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law," President Obama, a native Hawaiian, said in a statement.
Illinois is poised to become the 15th state when its governor signs a same-sex marriage bill given final passage by its General Assembly last week. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he would "put our state on the right side of history" by signing it November 20.
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