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Illinois Marriage Equality

10 Things I Learned From Viewing 'Brave Spaces'

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

The basic question answered in the documentary is "how have faith leaders, LGBT advocates and broader communities been able to find common ground and work together to advance the causes of social justice."

Republican Candidate Still Refuses To Admit His Stance On Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.02.2014 | Gay Voices

One day after a new Illinois law allowing same-sex marriage went into effect, LGBT advocates lashed out against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bru...

Our Destination Full of Hope: Marriage Equality in Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn | Posted 08.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Gov. Pat Quinn

The much-loved poet Dr. Maya Angelou once wrote, "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." It is that unrelenting power of love that unfolded during our fight for marriage equality in Illinois.

Joseph Erbentraut

After 50 Years Together, Pioneering Gay Couple Ready For Wedding Bells | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices

Come Monday, everything changes for Chicago same-sex couple Jim Darby and Patrick Bova -- in one respect. Darby and Bova, the lead plaintiffs in La...

Republicans Who Backed Gay Marriage Targeted By Attack Ads

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

The three Republican state representatives who strayed from the party line to vote in favor of same-sex marriage last year are now fighting for their ...

Marriage Equality Could Be Coming To Illinois A Few Months Ahead Of Schedule

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

It appears marriage equality is coming to Illinois same-sex couples a few months ahead of schedule. Late Tuesday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Ma...

Republican Gives Up Push To Repeal Illinois Gay Marriage Law

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.24.2014 | Gay Voices

A Republican lawmaker who had hoped to strike Illinois' marriage equality law from the books is abandoning his quest after a federal judge ruled same-...

Republican Hopes To Repeal State's Marriage Equality Law

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

A Republican state senator is hoping to repeal Illinois' marriage equality law. BuzzFeed reported Tuesday that Illinois Sen. Kyle McCarter has intr...

B&B Owner: 'There Will NEVER Be A Gay Marriage At This Wedding Venue'

Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices

The owner of an Illinois-based bed and breakfast has sparked the ire of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community after he ple...

The Chicago Stories That Made 2013 -- And Where They Are Now

Posted 12.29.2013 | Chicago

2013 was an eventful year in Chicago. As we look to 2014, we wanted to take this opportunity to look back on the year that was, including some of the ...

Judge: Illinois Same-Sex Couples Can Marry Early For Medical Reasons

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

Story by Matt Simonette, courtesy Windy City Times: A federal judge signed an order Dec. 16 that said same-sex couples wherein a partner faces a se...

Same-Sex Couple Becomes Illinois' First To Legally Wed

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 11.27.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Two Chicago women on Wednesday became the first same-sex couple to say their vows in Illinois after a federal judge granted an expedi...

Marriage Equality Is Coming to Illinois, but When? (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-11-26-afervidillinois112513.pngThere's good news and bad news for wedding planners in Illinois. The good news: LGBT couples will be getting married in 2014. The bad news: We don't exactly know when.

Illinois Bishop Holds Gay Marriage Exorcism Despite Protests

Posted 11.21.2013 | Chicago

At the same time Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was signing the state's same-sex marriage bill into law in Chicago on Wednesday, a very different type of cer...

Gov. Quinn Signs Illinois Gay Marriage Bill Into Law

Posted 11.20.2013 | Chicago

Illinois has become the 16th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage. A bill signing ceremony began at 3:30 p.m. CT at the University of Illinois ...

Population With Marriage Equality About to Be Double What It Was at the Start of 2013 (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-11-18-Afermarriagepopulationstill.pngThe governor of Illinois will sign a marriage bill on Wednesday, and marriage equality will start in Hawaii on Dec. 2. That brings the number of people in marriage equality states to about 114 million. We started the year with 57 million.

Cardinal George Blasts Gay Marriage In New Letter

Posted 11.18.2013 | Chicago

Story by Matt Simonette, courtesy Windy City Times: In a letter that he asked to be included in all church bulletins throughout the Chicago Archdio...

Bishop Plans 'Exorcism' Of State's 'Evil' Gay Marriage Law

Posted 11.14.2013 | Chicago

With Illinois' new marriage equality bill set to be signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn next Wednesday, one Illinois bishop is planning to mark the occa...

Life After Marriage

Graham Aden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Graham Aden

Government sanction doesn't make our lives normal, and normalcy doesn't make our lives real. We don't need marriage to love each other. We never did. I didn't need anyone's permission for my life to matter. I just needed my own.

Illinois Marriage Equality Could Start Much Sooner Than We Thought (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2013-11-11-aferillmarriagenov11small.pngCurrently, marriage equality is scheduled to start in Illinois in June 2014. But State Sen. Don Harmon has filed an amendment to a bill that could push up the date to as early as February.

Another State Votes for Gay Marriage. Can Legalized Inter-Species Relationships Be Far Behind?

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

So, now that fully 30 percent of American states, including some of the largest, have affirmed legal equality for same sex couples, I have a few questions. How many states or municipalities have also legalized marriage between humans and non-humans?

Weeklings!: Let's Harass the Remaining 35 States Into Gay Marriage (VIDEO)

Louis Virtel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Louis Virtel

2013-11-09-weeklingsgaymarriagestatessmall.pngFrom Virginia to Hawaii, Oregon to Michigan, we're snarling at them all. Come on, states. Let's finish this up.

Gov. Quinn Sets Date To Sign Illinois Gay Marriage Bill

Posted 11.08.2013 | Chicago

Story courtesy Windy City Times: Gov. Pat Quinn announced Nov. 7 that he would sign SB10, the legislation that would bring same-sex marriage equali...

Elation in Illinois as Marriage Equality Finally Passes

Waymon Hudson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Waymon Hudson

I think it's hard for people who have never been denied basic dignity and respect, or had to listen as others debated their lives and relationships as a "divisive political issue," to grasp the emotions that wash over you after a lifetime of being told you are wrong and less-than.

Illinois To Be 15th State To Legalize Gay Marriage

Posted 11.05.2013 | Chicago

Updated story SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois General Assembly passed a bill legalizing same sex marriage Tuesday, putting the Land of Lincoln on cour...