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Illinois Civil Unions Bill PASSES State Senate, Quinn Vows To Sign

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Less than 24 hours after it was passed by the Illinois House of Representatives, the state Senate voted to approve a measure that would allow gay coup...

WATCH: Why Civil Unions Aren't The Same As Gay Marriage

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

In the great gay marriage debate, civil unions are often brought up as an alternative for gay couples who want to make a lifelong commitment despite t...

Illinois Civil Unions Bill PASSES State House

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois House of Representatives passed a historic civil unions bill Tuesday evening after many moving speeches on the House floor. SB1716, the...

Illinois Lawmakers To Vote On Civil Unions TODAY

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

For weeks, supporters of Illinois' civil unions bill have been vocal and confident--and today the Illinois House of Representatives could finally vote...

Cardinal George, Catholic Church Fight Civil Unions

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In the few days of Springfield legislating between the November elections and the swearing-in of a new Assembly in January, myriad interest groups are...

With Quinn In, Could Illinois See Civil Unions Before Christmas?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As the campaign season drew to a close for Governor Pat Quinn, he publicly vowed to fight for civil unions--whether he was elected or not. Now, Quin...

Quinn: Civil Unions Could Happen This Year

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Eighteen months after its western neighbor stood up for gay marriage, Illinois may be close to legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples. In April...

Civil Unions For All! Why The Government Should Get Out Of The 'Marriage' Business

Andrew F. March | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Andrew F. March

The state doesn't say who can be baptized; why should it say who can be "married"? Conservatives and the religious can keep the institution of "marriage." (Better yet, "privatize" it!)

Take the Government Out of Marriage: Do It for the Children

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

Why do so many conservatives, outraged at government meddling in everything from health care to financial systems, find it acceptable for the government to establish a definition for something as personal as marriage?

Prop 8 Ban Reactions

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Love has conquered all -- or at least a California courtroom. From the Associated Press: SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge overturned California'...

The Sometimes Sordid History of the American Quest for Bliss in Marriage

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bella DePaulo

Instead of simply teaching people to have 'healthy' marriages, marriage counseling taught Americans to define marriage itself as a healthy state of being.

In Defense of Marriage, and Other Hopeless Causes

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Given the dismal job heterosexuals have done with marriage, the idea that allowing gays to marry would destroy the institution is nothing less than absurd. What, the divorce rate would soar to sixty percent?

Lingle Vetoes Hawaii Civil Unions, Threatens Tax Base And Equal Rights

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

Gov. Lingle of Hawaii is not so stupid as to think that minority rights are fairly treated in majority votes. Her veto of civil unions was a personal decision, a last exercise of power to satisfy a fading governor's religious convictions.

Hawaii: The Final Chapter on Civil Unions

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

The case for marriage and civil unions is simple -- couples who want to make a loving, legal commitment to each other should be acknowledged and not discriminated against by their government.

Con Games: Rush Limbaugh Is So Gay

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

Nobody flinched to hear Rush Limbaugh was decamping down the aisle for the fourth time. Nor would anyone but an alien be surprised to hear America's f...

U.K. Lifts Ban On Gay Ceremonies In Churches

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The House of Lords has agreed to an amendment to the U.K. Equality Bill, which would lift the ban on same sex couples holding civil partnership ceremo...

Gay Marriage In Illinois: Hynes Gives Full Support, But Activists Say It May Be Awhile

Chicago Pride | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While LGBT activists are pleased that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Hynes supports full marriage equality, those working hard in Springfield ...

What Would Jesus Do?

Bill Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Will the culture war ever end? We have now had three presidents in a row who promised to unite the country. They all failed because it's hard to compromise on values. But this doesn't mean it's impossible.

Proud to Testify for Marriage Equality

Jerry Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jerry Sanders

I was proud to testify this week in what I believe will be one of the defining civil rights cases of our time, Perry v. Schwarzenegger. I did so as a Republican, a father, and a former police chief.

Do We Want to Be Right, or Have Rights?

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Olmsted

What makes civil unions at present unequal is not their separateness but the host of federal benefits conferred by marriage that even the best state domestic partnerships can't accord.

Equality - What Are We So Afraid Of?

Douglas Forbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Douglas Forbes

How can it possibly not be time that America acknowledges marriage for one and all? Otherwise, the people of this nation must exercise their right and responsibility to abolish this failed form and reinstitute it altogether.

Same-Sex Marriage and the Meaning of Words

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Even if people are willing, as good citizens, to grant gays and lesbians "all the rights married people have," they can't stand the thought of seeing marriage, a "sacred" word, and concept, brutalized.

Same-Sex Marriage: "A Basic Civil Right"

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James Rotondi

Is it is really acceptable to start putting human rights up for a vote, either on the Senate floor or the public voting booth?

Gay Marriage's Big Problem

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The open question in an age of polarization is this: have all those prepared to change their minds on the issue of gay marriage already done so?

At Gay Pride Parade, Burris Backs Civil Unions But Says Marriage 'For Perpetuation Of The Species'

WBBM Newsradio | Steve Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Senator Roland Burris was at Chicago's Gay Pride Parade yesterday, declaring his support for civil unions but saying marriage is for "perpetuation of ...