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Is Colorado Next For Gay Marriage?

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.30.2011 | Denver

According to new census data released this week, the percentage of Colorado’s same-sex couples living together grew more than 60 percent in the last...

Rhode Island State Senate Passes Civil Unions Bill

AP | IAN MacDOUGALL | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, a measure ...

200 Methodist Clergy Vow To Bless Same-Sex Unions

Posted 08.27.2011 | Chicago

Some 200 United Methodist clergy of the church's Northern Illinois Conference have pledged to bless same-sex unions in violation of the church's polic...

More Than a Civil Union: It's Marriage That Matters

Tracy Baim | Posted 08.24.2011 | Chicago
Tracy Baim

While the gay community will never convince the most conservative that we should have the right to marry (and divorce), what is most upsetting is when our allies, including the president, stop short on this issue.

Illinois Civil Union Tax Loophole: Why Separate Is Never Equal

Waymon Hudson | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics
Waymon Hudson

Creating new, separate, and different levels of rights and recognition among committed couples only creates further inequity, confusion, and discord even internally among states that seek to expand rights.

Jen Sabella

Agency Takes Over Foster Care In Rockford After Catholic Charities Halts Service | Jen Sabella | Posted 08.16.2011 | Chicago

Last month, Catholic Charities of Rockford announced that it would no longer provide foster care services, since new state law would force them to acc...

New York State Assembly Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Reuters | Dan Wiessner | Posted 08.15.2011 | New York

By Dan Wiessner ALBANY, June 15 (Reuters) - The New York state Assembly approved same-sex marriage on Wednesday and the bill is likely to face ...

Catholic Charities Sues For Right To Discriminate

Waymon Hudson | Posted 08.12.2011 | Religion
Waymon Hudson

Although they are providing a state-funded service in the public sphere, they are looking to be able to pick and choose who they provide that service to based on their religious dogma, not state law.

Catholic Charities Takes Adoption, Foster Care Battle To Court

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut and Jen Sabella | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago

The battle between the state of Illinois and Catholic Charities escalated Tuesday, as lawyers for the charitable organization took legal action agains...

Jon Ward

Faith And Freedom Conference: Huntsman Courts Conservatives, Bachmann Bashes Obamacare, Barbour Calls For Unity | Jon Ward | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Check off another box for Jon Huntsman. The former ambassador to China, ex-Utah governor and likely Republican presidential candida...

Illinois Couple Files For Same-Sex Divorce On Civil Union Day

Posted 08.02.2011 | Chicago

As couples gathered in Millennium Park for a mass civil union ceremony on Thursday, one gay couple in Peoria, Ill. found themselves making another kin...

Chicago Civil Union Ceremony Features Notable Local Couples

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 08.02.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A couple together for nearly half a century, two TV chefs and an official in new Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration were among the 35...

Catholic Church Chooses Discrimination Over Charity In Illinois

Waymon Hudson | Posted 08.01.2011 | Religion
Waymon Hudson

The church certainly has the right as a private institution to believe what they want and to act accordingly. However, they simply do not have the right to bring that discrimination into the public sphere.

Gay Couples In Kane, McHenry Counties Celebrate Civil Unions Law

Huntley, IL Patch | Gloria Casas | Email the Author | May 27, 2011 | Posted 08.01.2011 | Chicago

For John Dalton, June 1 will be a happy day. It is a day he has been waiting years for, the Elgin man said. At the stroke of midnight, his Californ...

Gay State House Speaker Takes Heat For Marriage Equality Vote

AP | DAVID KLEPPER | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The protests started as soon as Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox sounded the death knell for gay marriage legislation an...

Religious Liberty vs. Same-Sex Marriage: Is There Really A Conflict?

Marianne T. Duddy-Burke | Posted 07.18.2011 | Religion
Marianne T. Duddy-Burke

Chief among claims from opponents is that legalizing same-sex marriage will infringe on the religious freedom of those who oppose the practice on theological grounds.

Thanks To Civil Unions Law, State Farm Offering Same-Sex Benefits

Posted 07.16.2011 | Chicago

Starting on June 1, the state of Illinois will recognize civil unions, extending a new set of legal rights to same-sex couples statewide thanks to a l...

Under Pressure, Navy Retreats On Same-Sex Unions

AP | By LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Under pressure from more than five dozen House lawmakers, the Navy late Tuesday abruptly reversed its decision that would have allowed c...

Should Traditional Marriage Be Our Only Option?

Susan Pease Gadoua | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Pease Gadoua

Greater numbers of couples are having children out of wedlock, living together, separating and never divorcing, marrying later, choosing same-sex marriages and open marriages.

Catholic Charities Could Block Adoptions For Couples In Civil Unions

Posted 07.05.2011 | Chicago

One of the largest adoption agencies in Illinois is threatening to turn away couples with civil unions, despite state law demanding they do otherwise....

Rhode Island Catholic Church Fights Against Civil Unions

AP | Posted 06.30.2011 | Religion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- After playing a key role in defeating a push for gay marriage, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has urged Rhode Island law...

Montana Gay Couples Seeking Rights Lose Lawsuit

AP | By MATT GOURAS | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

HELENA, Mont. -- A Montana judge on Thursday rejected a lawsuit that sought to extend to gay couples the same legal protections as married couples, sa...

Delaware's New Civil Union Law -- Read It Before You Applaud

Katherine Franke | Posted 06.16.2011 | Politics
Katherine Franke

Delaware's new law is being celebrated as the next step on the way to full marriage rights for same-sex couples in Delaware. But can't we do better than marriage-lite when we advocate for law reform in this area?

Delaware Passes Civil Unions: The Backstory From Local Advocates

Joe Solmonese | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics
Joe Solmonese

Yesterday, the Delaware House of Representatives passed a landmark Civil Unions bill by a 26 to 15 vote. The bill is on its way to Governor Jack Markell, who has pledged to sign the legislation.

Delaware Civil Unions Law Heads To Governor For Signature

AP | By RANDALL CHASE | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

DOVER, Del. -- A bill that makes Delaware the eighth state to allow civil unions or domestic partnerships for same-sex couples has cleared the legisla...