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September 16, 2014, 8:29 am
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Lawmaker Left Dying Son's Bedside To Cast Same-Sex Marriage Vote

A lawmaker who provided a key vote for the passage of same-sex marriage left her dying son’s bedside in order to cast that vote. 


Representative Naomi Jakobsson of Urbana was late arriving to the Capitol Tuesday because she had been caring for her son, who was in a hospice facility in Urbana.  Jakobsson arrived in time to cast her vote for the legislation, which passed with just one vote more than the minimum number required. 


She left immediately afterward and returned to her son.  He died a few hours later, according to legislative leadership.

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