Deb Mell to marry partner in Iowa

April 27, 2010 (CHICAGO)

Mell announced she is engaged to longtime partner Christin Baker on WTTW's Chicago Tuesday night.

"I just wanted to shared it with my colleagues but also point out the fact that I will have to be leaving the state that I love, the state where I represent 100,000 people to go to Iowa to be treated equally," Mell said.

She said she hopes her announcement will help create public debate about gay marriage in Illinois.

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