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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...

State Gears Up For Gay Marriage Rollout

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 05.31.2014 | Gay Voices

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Sabra (SAY'-bruh) Blumhorst and Chelsea Baker exchanged wedding vows near their southern Illinois home last November, when I...

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 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...

Federal Court Ruling Allows Gay Couple To Get Marriage License Early

AP | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal court ruling means a same-sex Chicago couple will be allowed to marry before the state's gay marriage law takes effect. U....

Illinois Becomes The 16th State To Legalize Gay Marriage

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 11.21.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Wednesday allowing same-sex weddings starting this summer, making President Barack Obama's...

Everybody Deserves To Be Happy, Including Me

The OpEd Project | Posted 01.25.2014 | Teen
The OpEd Project

We feel for the many people who have died from suicide or bullying just to show we are equal. Moving forward, we are uplifted that the law states our love is the same love that others feel. We are finally able to say, "I do."

Illinois Becoming 16th State To Legalize Gay Marriage Wednesday

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign same-sex marriage into law on Wednesday...

Something To Celebrate: 21 Of The Best LGBT Moments Of The Week

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

With so much hate continually aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, we like to take a moment every once in a while to highlig...

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...

Plans Already In The Works For Gay Marriages In Illinois

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 11.07.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Just a few hours after state lawmakers approved same-sex marriage in Illinois, Chicago wedding planner...

LOOK: These People Are Really Happy Gay Marriage Is Coming To Illinois

Posted 11.06.2013 | Chicago

On the heels of the Illinois General Assembly's move to put the state on the track to be the 15th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday, ma...

Anti-Gay Pol Eyes Run For U.S. Senate

Posted 10.24.2013 | Chicago

Freshman Illinois Senator Jim Oberweis says he's mounting a campaign for national office -- and he's putting his target squarely on the back of U.S. S...

Ex-Marine Sergeant Launches PAC To Rally Support For Gay Marriage

Posted 10.04.2013 | Chicago

Story by Matt Simonette, courtesy Windy City Times: A former marine sergeant who was kicked out of the military for being gay has formed his own po...

Illinois Marriage Vote: Courage, Not Delay

Tracy Baim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Tracy Baim

On an emotional social justice issue, sometimes people will not commit until they are forced to choose which side of history they want to be on. So until the vote, we may not know who is for us, against us, or who will simply never commit either way.

'Illinois Can't Wait' Video Makes A Powerful Case For Marriage Equality

Posted 09.18.2013 | Chicago

A new video released Tuesday by the coalition pushing for legal same-sex marriage in Illinois makes an emotional case for state lawmakers to bring mar...

Gay Marriage Advocates Eye 4 U.S. States

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics

By Ellen Wulfhorst July 9 (Reuters) - Activists will focus efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in four U.S. states this year and nex...

Bruce Rauner Continues To Dodge Gay Marriage Question

Posted 06.07.2013 | Chicago

Political newcomer Bruce Rauner is keeping plenty of cards close to his vest when it comes to big issues the Illinois 2014 gubernatorial candidate wil...

Gay Marriage, Concealed Carry Among Big Issues In Springfield

Belleville News-Democrat | Brian Brueggemann | Posted 07.31.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois lawmakers have less than 24 hours to resolve some big issues. Today is the scheduled adjournment of the legislature's spring ...

Illinois House Extends Deadline To Consider Gay Marriage Bill

Posted 05.25.2013 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of Windy City Times The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, which would bring equal marriage to Illinois, ha...

12 States Have Marriage Equality... Can We Get to 13? (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 07.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Marriage equality is on a winning streak, and it may not be over yet: Illinois may soon join Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota in passing marriage legislation before the start of summer. But time is running out: The Illinois legislature has just until the end of this month to pass its bill.

Gay Marriage Momentum Expands To Midwest States

AP | PATRICK CONDON | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Just six months after Minnesota voters turned back an effort to ban gay weddings, lawmakers are poised to make the state the f...

State GOP Chairman Says Party Must Become More Diverse, Inclusive

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 04.14.2013 | Chicago

TINLEY PARK, Ill. -- Illinois' GOP chairman emerged from another ouster attempt Saturday and said his party must be more welcoming of diversity and in...

Same-Sex Marriage in Illinois: Now Is the time!

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Now is the time for Illinois to take this step. It is demanded by our nation's commitment to fairness, justice and equality. Now is the time for us all to leave behind a long and sorrowful history of hateful discrimination, fear, hostility and ignorance.